Elsewhere it has been suggested that KDE "activities" matches my goals.
I also been pointed to fvwm and fvwm-crystal.
This morning I've been reading

<http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs009/02/Linux_intro/GettingStarted.html>  and

I've just used Synaptic to install fvwm-crystal and KDE.
It appears that fvwm-crystal should be optimal for my idiosyncratic preferences. Now to reboot and see what happens <grin!>
Thank you.

On 02/19/2018 01:40 AM, Tomas Kuchta wrote:
It is not the desktop environment doing the console, graphical or text,
switching. It is done by kernel or by X. The graphic console is being setup
by login manager - that is usually tied to the desktop environment these

So if you run Ubuntu or Kubuntu you will most likely have different login
managers between them. That is what I tried to say - if you use different
login managers than the ones coming by default with KDE or Gnome - locking
the session might not give you the option to start new one.

Anyway, did you try to lock the screen - can you start new session and
login as different user from the unlock screen? If yes then you should be
able to switch between the sessions either through the lock screen or by

For different text consoles - Ctrl+Alt+F1/2/3/4/... should just work.

If I understand your question correctly.


On Feb 18, 2018 4:12 AM, "Richard Owlett" <rowl...@cloud85.net> wrote:

On 02/17/2018 11:07 PM, Tomas Kuchta wrote:

I use mainly KDE/Gnome so things are probably different with Mate,
depending on your login manager. You could change that, I guess.

I don't understand the string "KDE/Gnome".
I thought that KDE and Gnome were both Desktop Environments - an
"either/or" situation.
I gotten hints in my reading so far that KDE has some WM-like properties.
Just color me confuzed ;/

On the physical PC - I start new independent graphical session by locking
the screen and starting new session with different user. Switching between
the session is done by Ctrl+Alt+F7-8-9-...

For remote multi terminal access there is ssh for text or VNC for

For purposes of my question my universe consists of a single physical
Lenovo T510.


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