The Multi-Seat Display Manager
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 19 September 2008 at 12:26 PM EDT. 6 Comments
On behalf of the C3SL Multi-Seat Team, Paulo R. Zanoni has announced today on the X.Org mailing list the MDM, or Multi-Seat Display Manager. The Multi-Seat Display Manager isn't a new X Display Manager at all, but in fact it's a wrapper for the other managers out there such as GDM, KDM, and XDMCP. The MDM then configures the real display manager to use a multi-seat configuration, which dramatically simplifies the process for this once daunting process. The only burden placed upon the graphics card and X.Org graphics driver is support for RandR 1.2.

For those interested in configuring a multi-seat system with multiple monitors, keyboards, and mice, they can build the Multi-Seat Display Manager from git, use the provided Debian packages, or try out their Ubuntu 8.04 LiveCD with MDM pre-installed. Their X.Org mailing list message can be read here. They have also established a MDM Wiki. Lastly, the MDM LiveCD can be found on this Wiki page.
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