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Re: [tlug] multiuser

Not quite well, but I'll take that "the i386 architecture doesn't
accommodate more than one physical user at the same machine" at once.
However, suppose that we had three i386 machines connected to each other
with Ethernet, and installed one and only one Linux OS with some
applications without diskless technology. Even in this case, is that still
impossible? Why?


----- Original Message -----
From: "A.Sajjad Zaidi" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: [tlug] multiuser

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> No, it doesnt sound stupid. Like a certain Mr.Garrison says, "there are
> no stupid questions, only stupid people". :-)
> The i386 architecture doesnt accommodate more than one physical user at
> the same machine. You can have more than 1 video card, keyboard and
> mouse (via PS/2 and USB), but they can only be used one at a time or by
> one user.
> By a multiuser OS, it means 2 things. one, that many users can login at
> the console, but only work one at a time. This isnt much of an
> advantage when compared to other proprietary OSs.
> More importantly, it means that multiple users, logged in over a
> network (or serial) connection can use it. Even the X Windowing System
> is designed for this.
> For example, since my machine is a little low on memory and CPU, I run
> VMware on another Linux machine, with gobs of memory and 2 CPUs, and
> redirect the display to my machine. Other users can do the same.
> You can have hundreds (or even thousands, depending on the configuration
> and hardware) of users logged into one machine, working or playing
> simultaneously.
> hope that clears it up.
> - --
> Sajjad
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2002 at 12:34:44PM +0900, hatsuhiro wrote:
> > Linux is a multiuser OS. However, does it sound too stupid if I ask how
> > can share a single Linux box with many users at the same time? The PC
> > could have at least a few sets of keyboards and displays. What do you
> > Please tell me relevant hardware like PCI cards if any.
> >
> > Hoshino
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