user-switching behavior question

Paul Kaplan pkaplan1 at
Mon Oct 25 11:38:09 BST 2010

On Monday, October 25, 2010 02:00:30 am Tom Bell wrote:
> On 10/24/2010 9:06 AM, Paul Kaplan wrote:
> > One feature of a multi-user Windows system that I like is that when the
> > screen-saver kicks in after a few minutes and a user goes to wake up the
> > system, they are presented with a list of users on the machine and can
> > then login to any account they choose.  I find this useful on a family
> > machine where noone remembers to logout but everyone wants to keep 
> > userspace hidden from other users.
> > 
> > Perhaps I'm not understanding quite how the user-switching applet in
> > kubuntu works, but it looks like a user has to activiate it to get the
> > system to lock the current user account and present with new login
> > screen.
> > 
> > Is it possible to emulate the Windows configuration?
> > 
> > Paul
> Any time you want open a terminal and type 'who' and it will list
> everyone who is logged on
> and what terminal they are logged in on.
> You don't have to wait for the screen saver to kick in.
> Good luck!
> Tom
It's not that I'm looking to find out who's logged in.  Rather that I'm trying 
to build a multi-user machine for the family that wakes from a sleep state to 
allow for selection of any user account and after a user walks away from the 
machine without logging out, returns to that screen.  It would be nice to 
allow multiple concurrent logins (although not specifically multiple 
concurrent users)...maybe a GUI to automate ALT+CTRL+F7/F8/F9 
functionality and that enforces passwords during the switch.

Maybe an alternative solution is to find a way to force logout after a certain 
amount of non-use.  Is that possible?

More information about the kubuntu-users mailing list