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Can two users simultaneously share one pc

Has anyone seen a program that can dispatch keystrokes from two different keyboards attached to a computer to two different shells? That said, I've attached an external monitor, mouse and keyboard to my laptop and I want to have one shell on my laptop's screen and another shell on my external monitor. I can do that but the problem is that the keyboards are shared between the two shells same with the mice.

I use ubuntu but I'm curious to see if there's a solution either in linux or windows.

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What are you trying to accomplish ultimately? –  squillman Dec 19 '11 at 21:44
    
I knew we should never have thrown out those VT520s! –  RedGrittyBrick Dec 19 '11 at 21:48
    
    
@squillman I want to have to different consoles on the same machine. –  Mohammad Moghimi Dec 19 '11 at 22:42
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I think the best known tool to do this is named pconsole.

pconsole allows you to connect to each node of your cluster simultaneously, and you can type your administrative commands in a specialized window that 'multiplies' the input to each to the connections you have opened.

It was developed for clusters, but I think it should work just as you intended.

ClusterSSH also comes to mind.

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