Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 00:54 UTC
Google This tweet from Tom Warren made me smile. So, it's 2012 and tablets are finally able to do what the Amiga did in 1985. Seems like a bit of a stretch to be excited about that, right? Sure, until I caught myself getting excited - only a bit, but still - by this piece of news. Update: removed me being an annoyed child.
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RE[5]: KISS
by phoenix on Sun 5th Aug 2012 19:41 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: KISS"
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Android already support file permissions, file ownership, and multiple user accounts and groups. Just drop to a shell and look at the output of 'ls -l'. Just about every app on Android runs under its own UID.

However, that's all below the GUI. Above the GUI, there's only 1 real user account, one 'home' directory, one set of settings, etc.

All it's really missing is the GUI layer, and splitting the 'home' directory into properly segregated directories with the appropriate permissions in place.

There are several add-on packages that do this, mostly from companies looking to add 'work' and 'play' profiles to a device. Now, Google is just incorporating similar features into the OS.

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