Subject: Re: USB / wskbd questions/problems...
To: Mason Loring Bliss <>
From: Matthieu Herrb <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/11/1999 21:38:01
You wrote (in your message from Sunday 11)
 > On Sun, Apr 11, 1999 at 12:17:23PM -0400, Andrew Gillham wrote:
 > > I would like to be able to run the USB Keyboard/Mouse entirely
 > > seperate from the PCKBD Keyboard/Mouse.  Presumably with two
 > > video cards in the machine, you could have two full "consoles"
 > > with X running.  This would be great for sharing a high-end PC
 > > between a couple of people.
 > A friend of mine was asking about this recently. How feasable is this?
 > Is it possible with our current stuff to run this sort of setup? X wouldn't
 > mind having two instances of itself running? Wscons could deal with this?

This is currently not possible with the current (3.3.x) XFree86 code
for ISA/PCI boards. The current code relies too much on the VGA style
access to the boards, and there is only room for one board there. 

The next XFree86 release will add support for a multi-head X server
(for cards where VGA access can be by-passed), or, in the case where
you don't want to use all cards present in the system,  allow to
specify which one is to be used. 

There is no support for multiple keyboards yet, but it could be
added at some point.