Linked by Nathan J. Hill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 10:43 UTC
Linspire In the midst of the busy semester here at school, my fiancee's laptop, running Windows XP SP2, picked up some friends - adware, trojans, etc. It was a pretty nasty sight. I worked on it for at least two hours every couple of days, wiping it clean, doing my best to lock it down, and so on. Avast! and Ad-Aware had their limits it seemed, for only a day or so after I cleaned it, pop-ups and weird stuff would show up again. She was getting sick of it. I was getting sick of cleaning it, so I suggested, offhand, installing a different operating system that is a bit more impervious to those nasties. To my surprise, she agreed.
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RE: root?
by egon_spengler on Tue 24th Oct 2006 16:28 UTC in reply to "root?"
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2005-11-20

Well, Lindows hasn't had that problem since early on. The problem was default to root, when no other action was taken by the installer. The newest installer on their latest release (the WonderWeapon V2) does have quite a bit of verbiage about normal users. Freespire uses an almost-Ubuntu approach where the first user created is made a member of admin and admin is in the sudoers file without a password, so sudo "command" works without requiring password. However, many of the Lindows folks still run as root even with the options available. By the way, this is slightly off-topic.

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