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Date:      Sun, 29 Apr 2018 22:49:51 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Victor Sudakov <>
Subject:   Re: Alternative to x11/gnome3 ?
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On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 21:02:56 +0700, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> What alternative to x11/gnome3 can you advise? 
> I would like a more lightweight desktop environment, however it MUST
> support switching between GUI users without logging out (like 
> Ubuntu or Windows).
> I tried Mate but it does not seem to be able to switch between users
> without logging out (at least the display manager Mate comes with
> cannot do that).

If remember correctly, both Gnome 2 and Mate _can_ do this. The
feature you're talking about is called "switch user", i. e., it
is a session switcher: User A is logged in, has programs open and
so on;  user B approaches and asks to do something, so A selects
the "switch user" function, allows B to log in; B does his stuff,
logs out - and the session of user A is restored.

Is that what you're looking for?

If yes, this function is integrated in the desktop, and not
part of the display manager (which usually is only activated
when _no_ user is logged in).

Additionally, you can probably run a second X server on the
same system and switch over for a second session... :-)

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