[extropy-chat] Software exposure: was Re: Eugen Leitl, you got Klez

emlyn on nagero nagero at chariot.net.au
Thu Feb 12 03:42:12 UTC 2004

This is now out of context. I know what Multiuser support is for and why 
it's a damned good idea. I wished I had it in the 80s on DOS and Windows 
PCs, but only for really geeky reasons; given the niche those machines 
occupied (non networked minimal computing platforms for homes and small 
business), it just wasn't necessary. They also didn't have 3D accelerated 
graphics, or DSL modems.


At 11:53 AM 12/02/2004, you wrote:
>On Tue, 10 Feb 2004, emlyn on nagero wrote:
> > Multiuser... what for?
>Security.  Every time a normal user runs a virus-loaden program,
>that program wouldn't have the permissions necessary to infect
>the rest of the system (or, after the introduction of networks,
>other systems on the net).
>In short, if the system had been multiuser and permissions would
>have been split out between the admin user and normal users, we
>would not have had the whole virus mess that's wasting my bandwidth
>as we speak.
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