Okay in windows xp you can have programs running while you are logged off. Is there a way to do this in Mac OS X?
2 imac g4s with superdrive 512 ram
iBook 500 combo drive
iMac 400mhz dv
Powerbook 800mhz 60 gig hd 1 gig of ram
Oh, you wanted a more explicit answer?
I know that in Unix you can send a process to the background, in which case it is either suspended or running, depending on how you sent it to the background. When you log out it's still running (or suspended).
I'll do some experimentation when I get home and send an update (unless someone else beats me to it with real info ).
Usually you can start a process and keep it running in the background by appending an & after the command:
To suspend a process type control-Z.
This is all assuming that you're using the command line, btw...