On 10 Jan 2011 at 12:56, John Howell wrote: > Could you or someone please explain why both operating > systems seem to be so hung up on "multiple users"?
Security. It's all about security. You need multiple user accounts to handle partitioning of permissions. There may be only one user logon for a particular machine, but there are going to be different accounts involved. For instance, on Windows, there's a SYSTEM account that is used for various system-related activities. It's not one you see defined in the list of users, but it's a real account, nonetheless. Any computer system needs to be partitioned into user-controlled data and system-controlled data (i.e., administratively-controlled) in order to maintain stability (early versions of Windows suffered from instability precisely because of too loose a structure in this regard, i.e., with plain users able to alter the OS and applications). You would not like a system that was not structured without such segregation of data and permissions and security. It would be unsafe and harder to use than what you have. What I would say about this is that an application like Finale where it's likely there will be user-edited templates, but that you'd want to retain the ability to use the original templates ought to have some kind of user interface to make it easy to manage your templates, i.e., a UI that would take care of storing the templates in the right locations so the user wouldn't need to be browsing the hard drive. With a proper management UI, the user shouldn't really care where the templates are stored. But I've never seen any software with templates that has made it really easy to manage templates. Of course, I also think the Finale template model is about 20 years out of date, but that's another issue entirely... -- David W. Fenton http://dfenton.com David Fenton Associates http://dfenton.com/DFA/ _______________________________________________ Finale mailing list Finale@shsu.edu http://lists.shsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/finale