Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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RE[2]: Not entirely...
by TemporalBeing on Wed 31st Mar 2010 17:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Not entirely..."
TemporalBeing
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Honestly, most Linux distro's enact the first user as the 'root' user too.

I am not aware of any such distro. I don't use that many distros though, but atleast the one I use a lot, Mandriva, does NOT enact the first user as root. No, you always have to enter root password separately if you wish to install applications or do other similar system administration tasks, just as it should be.

Could you now then elaborate which distros actually do enact the first user as root?


Being the OP...

Distro installers always ask you to enact a password for root. That is the first user enacted during the installation.

After that, you can then add a normal user to use.

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