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In our cluster, RedHat4 & 5 machines, if someone locks the computer and walks away no body can use it. Is there a feature in RedHat5, Gnome, KDE etc that would allow for the option of switching users at the lock screen, so more than one person can be logged in?

Thanks, rd42

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IIRC, you can start another xserver. Hit ctrl+alt+f8 (f7 is default). Login at prompt and type startx –  Stephen May 13 '10 at 13:12
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I think it's important to mention you're talking about RHEL and not Red Hat Linux, which was discontinued in 2004. –  oKtosiTe Jan 2 '11 at 17:36

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Unfortunately the Gnome version in EL5 is from before they had user-switch functionality from the screensaver dialog. They'll need to switch to another VT and log in there, or wait for EL6.

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RHEL 6 has now been released. –  oKtosiTe Jan 2 '11 at 17:38
    
As listed by Stephen in the comments, you can do this with ctrl+alt+fX (where X is a number from 1-9 not including 7) –  Diablomarcus Feb 8 '11 at 16:40
    
Once they have a command prompt, create a new graphical session with gdmflexiserver. The Switch User button in EL6 runs gdmflexiserver --startnew Standard. –  James Jul 20 '11 at 8:33

You can always ask them to use "Switch User" instead

Application->System Tools->Switch User

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