Dual Monitors/Graphics Adapters, Multiple X Sessions, Separate Keyboards/Mice
Posted on 2011-03-16
I am trying to set up a network infrastructure at my church where currently they are stuck in the 1950's as far as technology. So far I have acquired some old free stuff to get started (working HP NetServer E800, 3Com 48-port switch, Netgear wireless router, enough CAT5 to circle the building 5 times, keyboards, mice,CRT monitors, etc....). Money is a problem. Free and donated is about all that I can do.
I have a shortage of decent microtower PCs. Most of the stuff I got was out of peoples' basements, some are so old they have dialup modems and 5-1/4" floppy drives - useless to me at this point. I only have 3-4 decent PCs (Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 2.0GHz or above, 1-2gb RAM). I am expecting around 10-15 people to simultaneously attend my upcoming beginner computer courses at the church. If I'd like everyone to have their own learning station, I'm a few PCs short.
I have a bunch of PCI and AGP graphics cards. Provided the PCs I have can handle more than one display adapter, is it possible for me to install Ubuntu or some other flavor of Linux, and run two separate X sessions with separate keyboards, mice, and monitors? Basically I am trying to make two computer stations out of a single microtower.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Making the best out of what you've got is not always easy!