Linked by Nathan J. Hill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 10:43 UTC
Linspire In the midst of the busy semester here at school, my fiancee's laptop, running Windows XP SP2, picked up some friends - adware, trojans, etc. It was a pretty nasty sight. I worked on it for at least two hours every couple of days, wiping it clean, doing my best to lock it down, and so on. Avast! and Ad-Aware had their limits it seemed, for only a day or so after I cleaned it, pop-ups and weird stuff would show up again. She was getting sick of it. I was getting sick of cleaning it, so I suggested, offhand, installing a different operating system that is a bit more impervious to those nasties. To my surprise, she agreed.
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root?
by jessta on Tue 24th Oct 2006 12:42 UTC
jessta
Member since:
2005-08-17

Does freespire have the same 'everyone is root' issue as Linspire has?
It's going to be awesomely funny when someone decides to take advantage of that.

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RE: root?
by Mage66 on Tue 24th Oct 2006 15:40 in reply to "root?"
Mage66 Member since:
2005-07-11

>> Does freespire have the same 'everyone is root' issue as Linspire has? <<

No. Because Linspire doesn't have that problem either...

Where have you been for the past several years?

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RE: root?
by egon_spengler on Tue 24th Oct 2006 16:28 in reply to "root?"
egon_spengler Member since:
2005-11-20

Well, Lindows hasn't had that problem since early on. The problem was default to root, when no other action was taken by the installer. The newest installer on their latest release (the WonderWeapon V2) does have quite a bit of verbiage about normal users. Freespire uses an almost-Ubuntu approach where the first user created is made a member of admin and admin is in the sudoers file without a password, so sudo "command" works without requiring password. However, many of the Lindows folks still run as root even with the options available. By the way, this is slightly off-topic.

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RE[2]: root?
by jessta on Sat 28th Oct 2006 08:51 in reply to "RE: root?"
jessta Member since:
2005-08-17

"where the first user created is made a member of admin and admin is in the sudoers file without a password,"

So pretty much being root.

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RE: root?
by DrillSgt on Tue 24th Oct 2006 18:11 in reply to "root?"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Does freespire have the same 'everyone is root' issue as Linspire has?
It's going to be awesomely funny when someone decides to take advantage of that."


Actually that was corrected a long time ago now. Not everyone 'runs as root' in Linspire or Freespire. That problem did exist many moons ago, and has been corrected for well over a year, maybe even 2.

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