Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2007 23:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Acer is planning to sell Linux-based PCs to the UK market, the company told ZDNet.co.uk. On Thursday Acer contacted ZDNet.co.uk with the following statement: "At this moment in time Acer UK does not have a PC available with Linux pre-loaded, but we are looking at introducing one in the future." This appears to represent a reversal of Acer's previous statements on the matter, which suggested that the manufacturer had no plans to sell PCs here with a pre-installed open-source operating system.
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wannabe geek
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2006-09-27

"It is theoretically possible, yes. Most distros (including the most popular, Ubuntu) do not require the user to use superuser status."

But this doesn't mean that programs you run as a regular user have root privilege. Ubuntu and others use 'sudo' which asks you for your user password to do administrative tasks. The programs you run as a regular user don't know your password, that's why 'sudo' is about as safe as 'su'. Only Linspire does or did for some time encourage users to run everything with superuser privileges. Most distros, including Ubuntu, are reasonably secure by default.

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