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Logging in or on?
“log in to” or “log into” or “login to”

In computers, it seems like both login and logon are used. When I was taking some networking courses at the college, we were told to "Login to Windows", and "Logon to Novell". Is there really a difference?

  • Welcome to ELU. This question is addressed here, among other places. – StoneyB on hiatus Dec 1 '12 at 23:48
  • There are some nuances missing from all of those answers. A login is a Unix term, whereas a logon sounds like it comes from some huge corporate behemoth like IBM or Microsoft. Also, untechnical people now use the word in a way unrelated to authentication, and meaning only a connection. It is passing strange, a misapprehension that causes of needless confusion. – tchrist Dec 2 '12 at 0:07

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