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: Comment by Brynet
by Delgarde on Wed 29th Feb 2012 01:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
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Sounds like a perfect recipe for becoming a single-user operating system.

A great many Linux systems *are* single user - indeed, if you're talking about desktop distros, almost all of them are. And on such systems, Linus is right - the default behaviour should be to annoy the user as little as possible, and with the ability to tighten security as-needed (e.g for genuine multi-user systems).

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