I have never noticed this behaviour before, and am a little confused as to what is happening. I have a local copy of firefox running, then ssh (
ssh -X <url>) into a remote server and start a copy there to use the local display. Turns out the local firefox just opened a new window. I verified with
ps x|grep firefox that indeed no firefox process is started on the remote server.
This same strange behaviour happens in reverse: if I have a remote firefox running and try to start a local one, then the remote one opens a new window.
I am on ubuntu 10.4, with a nearly completely fresh install (I just got this computer this afternoon). I was trying to have the two firefoxes running at the same time so that I could easily run down the list of plugins to install.
What is happening here, and how can I avoid it from happening?