Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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RE[4]: Not entirely...
by SlackerJack on Wed 31st Mar 2010 17:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not entirely..."
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

Well, when you're dropped to the command line after installation, you then login as root and create a user account. Until then, it's root access only.

BTW. I've seen many users come into the IRC's distros' channel as root, because they didn't create a user account.

Edited 2010-03-31 17:21 UTC

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RE[5]: Not entirely...
by monodeldiablo on Wed 31st Mar 2010 17:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Not entirely..."
monodeldiablo Member since:
2005-07-06

While technically correct, all of the documentation and prompts strongly encourage the administrator to add a user as their first task.

Furthermore, what user without a deep knowledge of Linux is doing a manual install of a power-user distro? This is just a tangent, since Arch/Slackware/Gentoo make up a sliver of the Linux user base and are invisible to the casual audience...

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