Source … Mark Shuttleworth

With the advent of Ubuntu 8.10, Mark Shuttleworth gives us a detailed look at the hows and whys of the new Fast User Switch Applet’s development.

…for a long time we have had a button in the top-right corner of the panel which brought up a system modal dialog that gave you the usual “end your session” options of logout, restart, shutdown, hibernate, suspend and switch user. That patch was always a bit controversial and had not been accepted upstream, so we looked at ways to solve the problem differently.