Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Nov 2012 15:56 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Can you believe they've come this far by now? Once known as OpenBeOS, Haiku today announced the release of the fourth alpha for Haiku R1. It seems like only yesterday when BeOS died and OpenBeOS rose form its ashes, generating a new hope among the legions of avid BeOS fans. Now, almost twelve years later, we've hit the fourth alpha.
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henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

But that doesn't mean it will be a priority. I'd rank ARM higher than multiuser. I'm not really sure I've ever needed multiuser for BeOS. It was only ever me using the machine, it's not like anyone else was. Plus, ARM is already in development... and is reasonably close to working prior to R1.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Virus and exploits?

I surely don't want exploited applications to have full access to the complete hard disk.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

That has nothing to do with multiuser though. That has to do with privilege level. The way both Windows 7 and Mac OS X (and a few Linux desktop distros) allow privilege escalation is the way forward, not adding extra accounts and complexity. (Though Windows 7 is a bit weak, not requiring a Password all of the time.) So as an example, I have a single account on my Macbook under Lion, but I get asked to provide credentials whenever I do anything "dangerous". Under Snow Leopard, I went one further and created an admin account and revoked admin rights from my default account, but that was total overkill.

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JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

Multiuser is something of a fail... outside of the University mainframes when I was in college, I've NEVER seen or needed multiuser support in any capacity, be it home or work, in over three decades in the computer industry. Not to say they shouldn't work on it, just that there are much more important features they should work on first.

Note that privilege/protection level is separate from multiuser. For normal usage, the single user shouldn't be running at a "root" level. This is a security issue more than a multiuser issue.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

If you have processes running with different user accounts, you have multi user.

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