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: Run as root!
by Gone fishing on Wed 29th Feb 2012 12:47 UTC in reply to "Run as root!"
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I have absolutely none of those problems. I just run as root all the time. Heck, root IS my user account.

and

Stop being a sissy. Every time you sudo a command, you deserve to have your man card taken away

wtf

This is the high testosterone you'll never take me alive bastards school of computing?

Seriously using root as your account how is that anything other than stupid? What is difficult about sudo –i if you don’t want to sudo all the time? You want to enable root no problem to administer the system but to use it as your personal account?

Surely Linus's point is you should only need to use root to administer the box not to use it.

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