Re: Windows XP-style login

On Sat, 2002-12-07 at 23:06, Alan wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 08, 2002 at 01:49:18AM -0500, Colin Walters wrote:
> > On Sat, 2002-12-07 at 23:25, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > 
> > > Some other posters have sort of mentioned that we can do this already.
> > > GDM's flexiserver feature (Thanks George!) allows you to log in as many
> > > times as you want - it just creates another real X server or Xnest.
> > 
> >, maybe I am on more crack than usual, but doesn't this just
> > create a new login session?  If I start my screensaver, I want to return
> > to my previous session when I type in my password, not start a whole new
> > one!
> The theory is that if you leave your system running and are logged in,
> with the screensaver kicked in (say you left for work), and someone else
> wants to use the computer, they just move the mouse and the screensaver
> shows you a login screen with the option to put in your password and log
> back in as the original user or log in as a different user, leaving the
> original session intact.

I some time ago had an idea about this I suggested to Havoc in a private

From: 	Chris Lyttle <chris wilddev net>
To: 	Havoc Pennington <hp redhat com>
Subject: 	a possible crackful idea
Date: 	18 Oct 2002 03:29:50 -0700	
I wondered if you have ever thought of implementing a 'switch user' type
functionality sort of like winxp does. The thought here is to enable say
a family using linux to quickly switch between users of one system
without having to log out of the desktop and back in to do it.

Say for example 'dad' was using the computer to surf the net and 'mom'
came along and just wanted to quickly check her mail. Dad could possibly
let her switch to a different workspace, which would prompt for a
password, then that desktop would have her menu, prefs, etc and also
check her mail. He doesn't have to close the web browser on the page her
was looking at (its still active, just in a different workspace) and she
gets to check her mail quickly.

What do you think? crack? total bs? or maybe a good idea for sometime in
the future?

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