multihead / dual input howto (two local users, keyboards etc.)?

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Sun Feb 8 14:07:22 PST 2009

On Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 12:08:23PM -0800, Miro Halas wrote:
> Hello Tomasz,
> I wanted to thank you for awesome howto on the multiterminal. I have 
> found it through the xorg mailing list and it worked like a charm. I am 
> on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy and I have tried 3 solutions, userful, mdm and your 
> howto and I like the howto the best. I am using Nvidia GForce2 MX (AGP 
> and PCI, got off ebay for $6) and two Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 
> (wireless keyboard and mouse) sets both hooked up via USB and everything 
> works great. The only problem I have discovered so far is with fast user 
> switching which locks up the computer and I am going to report it as a 
> bug. FUS doesn't work in mdm either so there is no advantage of one 
> solution to another.
> There is only two changes I did from your configuration and that is
> 1. I specified both of my keyboards and mice using /dev/input/by-path 
> since they are both hooked up via USB
> 2. I had to use
>     Option         "XkbModel" "evdev"
> since without in many of the keys on the keyboard (such as arrow keys) 
> didn't work.

this isn't necessary anymore with xkeyboard-config 1.4 and later.

> I can modify your Wiki page to include these changes there if you would 
> like to or I can leave it up to you. I am also attaching my xorg.conf 
> and gdm.conf for your reference in case you are interested in seeing 
> working configuration for the above mentioned setup.

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