Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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RE[2]: Xorg 7.3
by NeoChaosX on Sun 18th Mar 2007 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Xorg 7.3"
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BTW, I prefer xdm (instead of gdm and kdm). This is just a security issue: If you enter a password, kdm displays ****** making it possible to know the password's length;

Just FYI, but KDM has an option to show either one star, three stars, or show no echo at all.

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RE[3]: Xorg 7.3
by Doc Pain on Sun 18th Mar 2007 18:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Xorg 7.3"
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"Just FYI, but KDM has an option to show either one star, three stars, or show no echo at all."

I think I've heard of this before, but that's not the default setting, isn't it? "Secure by default" (such as "enable on demand" or "closed at first installation") are good concepts. But I can imagine why ***** are displayed: The user is expecting something to appear. My boss did, too: "I cannot login, it won't accept my password!" So I told him to enter login name and password, without looking at the screen. "Wow, it works! I haven't tried the password, in fact, because it wasn't shown at all." As he knew about why there is no echo on the screen, he understood, and now he can login for himself. :-) Linux has come a long way to make the novice user Joe Q. Sixpack feel comfortable. Some security barriers are falling, as I explained before. It's okay for home use, but it's to be avoided in a setting where unauthorized personnel is looking from behind when you're sitting on the administrative system.

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