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    Dual monitors: possible to tty and GUI simultaneously?

    Hi,

    I have searched for a while and from my (very basic) understanding, I don't think this is possible. However, I thought I'd ask just in case:

    Is it possible to simultaneously run a tty and a GUI on separate monitors?

    Thanks,

    William

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    Re: Dual monitors: possible to tty and GUI simultaneously?

    Once X Windows is running, it controls the I/O.

    Why don't you just open a terminal on the other monitor?

    You can, of course, SSH into the computer from a different computer and use the TTY from there, but that's not what you are asking.
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    Re: Dual monitors: possible to tty and GUI simultaneously?

    Quote Originally Posted by williamfisher View Post
    Hi,

    I have searched for a while and from my (very basic) understanding, I don't think this is possible. However, I thought I'd ask just in case:

    Is it possible to simultaneously run a tty and a GUI on separate monitors?
    You can likely do it with some type of multiseat configuration, but I don't think it would be possible with stock Ubuntu.

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    Re: Dual monitors: possible to tty and GUI simultaneously?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    Why don't you just open a terminal on the other monitor?
    I agree, just full screen a terminal, hide the menu bars and scrollbar if you want to get really crazy.
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    Re: Dual monitors: possible to tty and GUI simultaneously?

    Paddy Landau: Of course opening a terminal on the other monitor would replicate the effects - by asking I meant to probe more about the possibilities of Linux rather than how to achieve the same results. Both of which you clarified for me; thank you!

    jwbrase: Multiseat configuration looks like a very close hit too, thanks!

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    Re: Dual monitors: possible to tty and GUI simultaneously?

    You can also flip between the two states. In Linux, you have seven consoles, numbered 1-7. You get to each one with Ctrl-Alt-F#. The one with X Windows is number 7. Go ahead and try it: Ctrl-Alt-F3 (say) to go to TTY 3; do whatever you want; then Ctrl-Alt-F7 to return here.
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