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I recently started a scientific initiation in a laboratory at my university. We are a little short of money and in need of new computer. Is there any free program (for Ubuntu, preferably) that allows two users too log in and use the machine simultaneously for diferent purposes?

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    for sure: ubuntu itself... just create another user. Mar 27, 2019 at 16:45
  • But will I be able to connect multiple screens and keyboards? Mar 27, 2019 at 17:00
  • Linux runs on very old PC & laptops, so you might get a really cheap one. It also runs on Raspberry Pi, and you can get a Pi 3 for US $40 or so Mar 28, 2019 at 9:04

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There is something on Ubuntu called MultiSeat:

a single machine that supports multiple concurrent users each with their own set of keyboards, mice, and monitors providing a traditional desktop experience to each user.

Please see the link for more details.

Also, there is the SE Ubuntu forum for more specific questions.

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  • This. Or use old machines as X terminals (enough Linux local to boot and start X, then query a remote server via XDMCP and log in there)
    – ivanivan
    Mar 27, 2019 at 20:58
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    Does it still work? Ubuntu's help page hasn't been updated for almost 6 years (since 2013) and the Ubuntu versions mentioned (10.x, 12.x, 13.x) are no longer maintained
    – Xen2050
    Mar 28, 2019 at 4:15
  • There are some more recent links with comments here that seem to suggest it works askubuntu.com/questions/1054541/multiseat-on-ubuntu-18-04 and askubuntu.com/questions/1017811/… . You'd have to try it yourself. The alternative is to use some old machines as suggested above.
    – Z Z
    Mar 28, 2019 at 9:58

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