Using leap 15.0 with kde and sddm I cannot switch to another user.
I will display always my user already logged in or a user on virtual konsole
but I cannot login to other linux user so I have on VT7 first user and on VT8 second user…
I try to switch to other user within a kde session of my user.
Kde Menu: Power/Session->Switch User
The “New Session” + is greyed out
Clicking of “Change User” appears locked screen with my user only to unlock or to “switch user”.
There it should come login manager to select other user.
If you click on “switch user” other screen apears with “Start New Session” click there again comes lock screen of my user.
No chance to select other user!
I changed from sddm to xdm and there it works right.
So it seems to be a problem of sddm…
Just tried with lock screen. Same behavior. Even uid of user > 1000…
I need this feature because I use a “save” user for example to banking stuff, orders etc. and a “normal” one to work…
So switching is the rapid solution…
That does not change the user which is needed for things like banking etc per the OP. But then not sure what a person gains by that? Seems like a VM would be more secure or better yet an OS on a USB. If it is just a division of work areas then yes activities would be the way to go. if you drop an activity widget on the desktop or taskbar the switching is very fast. Not sure that virtual desktops are as useful in KDE5 versus KDE4 though since you can’t have unique wall papers and widgets any more :’(
I am using KDE/SDDM with three graphical sessions and use CTRL-ALT-F7 … F9 as well as Application Menu > Power / Session > Switch User frequently without ever experiencing buggy behavior. Thus the above may be an installation or configuration problem.
Virtual desktop offers definitely not the same. A different User protects you with the basic protection based on file ownership and permissions. Virtual desktops doesn’t. And Virtual desktops is severely broken now in KDE because you can not see in which one you are, thus increasing the possibility that you do something stupid in the wrong environment.
I do not know about activities (never feeled the urge to study it), but as it is all used by the same users (in the same session), it basicaly can not offer the same protection as a different user can.
I always advice to use a different user, even by the same human person, for e.g. a personal vs. bussines vs. being cashier of the local football club, etc. It is one of the main advantages a multi user, multi session operating system like Unix/Linux offers.