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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RE: Getting Tired
by Gullible Jones on Wed 29th Feb 2012 00:02 UTC in reply to "Getting Tired"
Gullible Jones
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Have to agree on that. His statement re Linux distros is (IMO) correct, but recommending suicide on the internets is stupid - you never know what nutcase/zealot/idiot/gossip might be listening.

Not sure that this has any impact on FOSS usage though. I mean, Steve Jobs was an epic screwball and people still bought (and continue to buy) tons of Apple shit. *whistles*

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