Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:05 UTC, submitted by sogabe
Zeta IsComputerOn.com takes a first look at the ZETA's multiuser capabilities currently under development. This is "a first beta, usable but still incomplete and with bugs" reports ICO. The article uses screenshots to show what multiuser looks like in ZETA, and describes how to create user accounts, as well as some of the existing problems with the implementation which, hopefully, will be fixed before release. As Magnussoft told us a few days ago, multiuser support will be available as an update to the upcoming ZETA 1.21, but no release date is mentioned.
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RE: Reboot?
by bogomipz on Thu 14th Sep 2006 17:52 UTC
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2005-07-11

Well on BeOS, *you* were Baron. As the owner of the house, you needed a proper title, right?

Here's what I would suggest if I had any saying in these matters:

- The root user is not allowed to login. A good name would be System, by the way, because it's the owner of all system files.
- Some users are administrators. These are the only users that are allowed to run processes with System privileges, after giving a password.
- Not even administrators are allowed to change system files directly.
- On installation, a default admin user, Baron, is created.

Normally, you would be the admin on your own computer. You decide whether to use Baron or create another account for yourself. When giving other people access to your system, you probably want to make them non-admins. They will be able to make just as much use of the computer as yourself, but they are not allowed to change the system, so they may only install apps in their home directories.

Actually, this is pretty much how a well set up unix system works, where you have to go via a user of group wheel to gain root privileges.

Edit: gah, this was supposed to be a reply to Thom.

Edited 2006-09-14 17:55

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RE[2]: Reboot?
by digitaldisaster on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:07 in reply to "RE: Reboot?"
digitaldisaster Member since:
2006-01-02

I always liked the BeOS hold down the shift ky and click "do it" dialog whenever you tried to do anything with system critical files. Admins should get that and non-admins should be asked for the admin password (I hate having to log in as an admin or use the command line or "run as another user" to start a special process as the admin user, I should be asked to entre an admin user name and password to continue like OS X does most of the time)

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RE[3]: Reboot?
by bogomipz on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Reboot?"
bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

I hate having to log in as an admin or use the command line or "run as another user" to start a special process as the admin user

With my suggestion, you would be logged in as an administrator the whole time, but that wouldn't mean anything until your privileges were elevated for a certain process. Only people that should never be allowed to change the system would use non-admin accounts, like random visitors on a library or school computer for instance, or your 7 year old son.

The hard part would be to design the user interface in such a way that you didn't find the "run as" step cumbersome.

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