Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2012 23:11 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds on requiring the root password for mundane tasks. "So here's a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace 'my kids' with 'sales people on the road' if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place." Yes, it's harsh (deal with it, Finns don't beat around the bush), but he's completely and utterly right. While there's cases where it makes sense to disable certain settings (public terminals, for instance), it is utterly idiotic that regular home users have to type in their root password for such mundane tasks.
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Getting Tired
by tuma324 on Tue 28th Feb 2012 23:54 UTC
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Am I the only one who is getting tired with all of his rants and with the attention they get?

He may be a smart person and he might be right about what he is ranting about. I'm also grateful for Linux and Git, and I kinda feel sorry for his daughter.

However, does that gives him the permission to call other people "morons" and "mentally diseased" ALL THE TIME. Worse yet, asking them to kill themselves?

I don't know but this is getting old, it causes too many issues in FOSS and people get negative and fight all the time.

Does anyone else feels the same way? *sigh* :-(

Edited 2012-02-29 00:07 UTC

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