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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"The Android platform takes advantage of the Linux user-based protection as a means of identifying and isolating application resources. The Android system assigns a unique user ID (UID) to each Android application and runs it as that user in a separate process. This approach is different from other operating systems (including the traditional Linux configuration), where multiple applications run with the same user permissions." (

So the Android architects decided to exploit Linux's multi-user support to enhance security in the system itself. I can't say I like the approach, but that's the way it is. It *will* be pretty hard to put multiuser support on top of that, I would say.

As for iOS, I'm not an expert, but paper published by Apple ( suggests that UID and GID are unique for each device. I cannot say if they map to Unix/Darwin UID/GIDs, maybe someone can advise here.

Edited 2012-08-07 19:14 UTC

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