Linux / UNIX: Run Multiple X Sessions

How do I run multiple X Session under Linux or UNIX operating systems? How do I switch between X sessions?

The startx script initialize an X session. You can use the same to run multiple X session. Switch to console mode by pressing CTRL+ALT+F1. Provide your login details and type the following command to start X session:
startx -- :1
By default the first X session runs on screen 0. However, you can run the second X session on screen 1, the third on screen 2, and so on. The above startx command tell X to run on screen 1. To run X on screen 2, you’d use the command
startx -- :2

How Do I Switch Between X Sessions?

  1. To go back to the screen 0 user X session, press Ctrl+Alt+F7
  2. To go back to the screen 1 user X session press Ctrl+Alt+F8.
  3. To go back to the screen 2 user X session press Ctrl+Alt+F9.
  4. Please note that F7 to F12 identify six X sessions.

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