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Sure, still all these are "outside" the actual OS multi-user paradigm, as qubex stated, the whole "workstation" or "terminal" model may be debated. At the time both Unix and NT had this generic idea that you had a "same" terminal (or workstation, call it as you like) to which multiple users with different credentials could have access. For that use BeOS (like Windows 9x) was totally out of question. Nowadays talking of mobile thingies, let's say a smartphone or iPad or even a MS Surface, 99.99% are "single user" so one could delegate the authentication to the hardware (TPM and SecureBootlike as much as you like) and have a simpler single user OS, without the complications, as such BeOS (or Haiku) may be not that bad.



I don't think it would simplify things that much. Having multiple users at the OS level is useful even when there's only one human user. For example, you can run a service as a user with limited privileges, to contain the effects of a vulnerability or breach.

Anyhow, sandboxing is just as necessary on a single-user OS as on a multi-user OS. And it's much more complex than multi-user support.




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