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Chapter 11. One Mac, Many Users

For years, teachers, parents, and computer lab instructors have struggled to answer a difficult question: How do you rig one computer so that several different people can use it throughout the day, without disrupting each others' files and settings? And how do you protect a computer from getting fouled up by mischievous (or bumbling) students and employees?

Mac OS X solves the problem swiftly and thoroughly. Like the Unix under its skin (and also like Windows XP and Windows 2000), Mac OS X is designed from the ground up to be a multiple-user operating system. A Mac OS X machine can be configured so that everyone must log in. If it is, you have to click or type your name and type in a password when the computer turns on. And upon doing so, you discover the Macintosh universe just as you left it, including these elements:


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