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[4]: Not entirely...
by lemur2 on Thu 1st Apr 2010 02:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not entirely..."
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While I haven't run ArchLinux, neither Slackware nor Gentoo require you to run as the root user by default. Anyone that does is out of their mind. Both communities suggest using su/sudo (just like every other distro) for doing admin stuff.

The Arch Linux installer LiveCD runs as root.

The Arch Linux install howto explains how to set up and configure a system (mostly using the nano editor for system configuration text files) and how to create (a) user account(s). One then re-boots, removes the LiveCD, and runs as a normal user from then on.

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