OSes differ in lockdown capabilities

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities

Most Linux distributions, such as SUSE Linux 10 (shown here), do a good job combining Unix permissions commands such as su with accessible graphical front ends.

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities - OS X

Mac OS X boasts the most nicely implemented facilities for managing user rights--and rights elevation--of any operating system eWEEK Labs has tested.

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities - OS X

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities - Windows XP

The basic plumbing for managing limited rights already exists in Windows XP, but the current RunAs feature is too spottily implemented to be effective.

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities - Windows XP

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities - Windows Vista

The next version of Windows, Vista, is set to boost the cause of user rights management and, hopefully, to make it easy for users to quit spending all their time logged in as admin.

OSes differ in lockdown capabilities - Windows Vista

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