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We have multiple Windows 7 desktops, which have no access to the outside world. Users sometimes need to access external web sites, so we provide a linux machine that does have outside access - the users launch a browser through an X session on the linux box. They do this through a shortcut, so they always run the session as the same user. Using konquerer, this works okay. But some sites aren't displayed properly in this browser, so we'd like to use firefox, or chrome, or whatever. Trouble is, when the browser is launched on desktop A it works fine, but if that window is still open when someone launches the browser on desktop B then the second window opens on desktop A, and the user on desktop B sees nothing. Is this a problem with X, or dbus, or webkit, or something else? How can I launch multiple browsers on a single machine, as a single user, on different desktops?

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IMHO it's related to the window manager. Try reproducing the problem with another one, like fluxbox. –  coincoin Nov 4 '12 at 19:16
I'm not sure how that would help - we're ssh'ing into the linux box, no window manager involved. Unless I'm missing something. –  sonofagun Nov 5 '12 at 1:33
I completely misunderstood your question then : I thought you were walking to the linux box ("no access to the outside world"). What do you mean by desktop then? –  coincoin Nov 5 '12 at 13:51
Sorry, I wasn't clear. By desktop I meant the Windows computers. They have ssh access to the linux box (which is rack-mounted, headless; that's why I don't think of it as a desktop). The linux box, unlike the Windows machines, is able to access the outside world. –  sonofagun Nov 5 '12 at 13:56

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