By design you must log onto your session in Linux. This is a recently added feature in Windows, nothing more than a kludge. The following can not happen in Linux:


Hat tip: Natalie

(Here’s the picture without the caption)


  1. #1 Jason Thibeault
    April 12, 2009

    Saw this in my RSS feed reader and immediately thought, “number 443? This must have something to do with HTTPS, since Apache far and away does a better job of handling it than IIS.” I’ve seen that before, with a different caption, something along the lines of “dont worryz i fixes it”. If you happen to know where to get the source image, sans caption, I’d love to have it as my wallpaper.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    April 12, 2009

    I don’t have a high res, but I was able to get a caption-free version from the cheezeberger site. See link above.

  3. #3 Colin M
    April 12, 2009

    The unfortunate thing about this picture is that the OS running is actually FreeBSD, not Linux. 🙂

  4. #4 Silverlokk
    April 12, 2009

    For whatever it may be worth, you can set up KDE to bypass the logon screen. To be fair, the login manager does warn you of the security implications.

  5. #5 Fargo
    April 12, 2009

    Gnome allows that as well, but I think the important distinction is that these things are recent and also not the default behavior.

    True, Vista, at least on this front, tries to be mindful, but at the expense of a great crap burden.

  6. #6 Stu
    April 13, 2009

    This is a recently added feature in Windows, nothing more than a kludge.

    Sessions and logins have been a kernel-level feature since NT 3.1 (1993) on the business side and since Windows 2000 on the consumer side.