Poettering: The Most Awesome, Least-Advertised Fedora 17 Feature
Posted May 3, 2012 0:14 UTC (Thu) by daniels
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We have seen multiseat efforts in the past, but they never quite come to fruition and bit-rot on vine.
Speaking as the author of one of them (Ubuntu's multiseat package), the primary reason is that they were pretty much all spectacular hacks. Some less so than others (Ubuntu's was the cleanest of them all at the time - most others required a very unpleasantly patched server whereas we did it out of the box), but most of them were very difficult to support in the long term, especially since we were fighting against the underlying system rather than working with it.
The other, perhaps less important, reason is that pretty much all the efforts I know of were either done for specific projects (like the Brazilian one) with perhaps a limited lifespan, or were commercial imperatives to support certain product lines, again with a limited lifespan.
I'm a lot more optimistic about the systemd stuff than I was about any of the others.
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