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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Comment by Gone fishing
by Gone fishing on Wed 29th Feb 2012 08:15 UTC
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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


Wireless networking and printing and I see no reason why you should have root or sudo access but in the Linux systems I'm thinking of you don't need to. Changing the time is different if you set the time in the past, so the file system has files created in the future it going to be a problem you should need root or sudo.

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