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Re: [desktop] Real users experience.

Daniel Burrows wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 26, 2002 at 02:34:10PM -0400, Colin Walters <walters@debian.org> was heard to say:
> > I think actually in Windows XP the screensaver serves both roles; it
> > locks the screen, and also allows you to log in as a different user. 
> > I'm not sure exactly how we would implement this.
>   Oh, also, it might get confusing for newbies if several people do this
> in a row (eg: user A starts, wanders off; user B starts a new session,
> wanders off, user C starts a new session, uses it, and exits.  A comes
> back and can't figure out where his screen went..)

Actually, in XP that's not confusing at all, simply because XP's login
screen shows you a list of all the user accounts and indicates which
ones are logged on currently. (This is arguably a very bad thing from a
security perspective, of course.) So what you get, in your scenario,
is something like this:

1. The login screen shows A, B, and C inactive.
2. A logs in, wanders off; screensaver activates.
3. B wakes up the screensaver, sees the login screen with A marked
   "logged on" and B and C inactive; logs in; wanders off;
   screensaver activates again.
4. C wakes up the screensaver, sees the login screen with A and B
   marked "logged on" and C inactive; logs in; exits; this puts
   the login screen back to the same state it was in when C arrived.
5. A returns, clicks on his name, and resumes his session.

Nothing confusing about that. Not very secure, though, since not only do
you know the names of all the users, but you know which ones actually
have running processes, without even having to login yourself.


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