[RFC+PATCH] xp-like fast switching

Ian Reinhart Geiser geiseri at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 24 15:44:08 BST 2002

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On Monday 23 September 2002 12:11 pm, Matthew T. O'Connor wrote:
> I don't have answers to your questions, but I would like to say that this
> would be a very nice thing to have.  This is one place where XP is "more"
> multiuser than linux.  I know Linux can do this, but the average user
> doesn't.

This is one of the most amusing aspects of XP... and even more amusing how MS 
will dupe us into using this inane feature.  Please review how this feature 
works, and what users tend to do when this happens:

Senario a)
	User A logs in... opens apps and "closes" their session.
	*Note everything is all running still, but they dont know that
	User B login in and starts even more apps then "closes" their session...

	At this point the system is plesantly loaded and starts to slow down 

Senario b) (yes, i actualy got this call from a user)
	User A logs in, starts to work on a report... its lunch so he ducks out
	User B comes along and wants to check his email... for some reason
	his email wont work (probibly because the other accont had AOL open at
	the time)   so they do the magic reboot...  

	Result... User A loses his unsaved changes... luckly autosave hid a copy for
	him so we where able to find it.

In short this is a dangerious feature that users will abuse and use to break 
their KDE in new and entertaining ways.  Lets refrain from copying every 
feature our great MS tells us to implement and maby come up with our own, 
better way of doing things.

Just my 2c from  the feild...

- -ian reinhart geiser
- -- 
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