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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Really the solution to the problem exists
by oiaohm on Wed 29th Feb 2012 03:19 UTC
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Linus has every reason to be upset.

http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/PolicyKit is directly designed to address the issue.

Network configuration who is allowed to change modify and what ever form of alteration using network-manager is defined by policy kit.

This is a case of distributions not providing the latest and some software needing to be updated to support latest.

Policykit is that is allowances are application dependant. So privileged is granted on a per application base to request a Policy-kit action.

Policykit is not a grant all like windows admin where random programs can get up to admin rights.

Linus has more than enough reason to what to kill distributions over this. There is no reason to be still using old sudo methods.

Edited 2012-02-29 03:22 UTC

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