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.
Permalink for comment 509173
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[7]: Getting Tired
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:18 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Getting Tired"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Should we all stop using those because the highly unlikely chance that it might encourage some moron to follow them literally?


No, you should not be surprised when members of a different culture unfamiliar with your culture do not understand your culture. Its not a value judgement on either culture.

Reply Parent Score: 4