Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Mar 2008 18:14 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
PC-BSD PC-BSD 1.5 has been released. "System Updater tool: keeps system & PBIs up to date; sound detection program! Uses XML backend to identify and load modules; amd64 build of 1.5, including PBIs that are on our auto-build server; PBI icon preview library, now a PBI file shows the embedded icon on your desktop, not the generic 'PBI' format icon; Xorg 7.3; KDE 3.5.8; FreeBSD 6.3 Release."
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RE: Almost there, but not quite...
by tim_mcc on Thu 13th Mar 2008 20:10 UTC in reply to "Almost there, but not quite..."
tim_mcc
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Root cannot be logged into via X11 by default on PC-BSD, no.

Running all of your applications as root is simply bad security practice (for reasons that are heavily documented on the web). More importantly perhaps, by not running as root you're protecting yourself from bugged applications which may accidentally alter your filesystem in an unforeseen way.

I'm fully aware of the argument about having to enter your root password all the time being annoying. But once you've done your basic device configuration, it's a very rare occasion indeed that you'll need to be root to do anything.

You are of course free to change this configuration yourself if you disagree with it, and it's trivial to do so. Information on how to make this change can be easily found on the PC-BSD forum.

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