Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:54 UTC
Linux Well, it's been a while since we've opened this particular jar (box is not historically accurate) owned by Pandora. Desktop Linux... Yes, that ever elusive readiness of the desktop that is Linux-powered. Some story on ComputerWorld argues that the desktop Linux dream is dead, and apparently, the story is causing some stir on the web. Well, paint me pink and call me a lightbulb, but of course desktop Linux is dead. However - who gives a flying monkey? Linux is being used by more people than ever!
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

When some manager type comes to you and says 'I need group A to have read access to this folder and group B to have write access to this folder' and you say 'sorry, can't do it with Linux', thats not the right answer.


Of course it isn't the right answer.

What you say to the manager type is this: "Give me text file listing of the usernames in group A, and another list of those in group B, the names of the folders you are talking about, and twenty seconds of my time, as the administrator I can type in four commands that will set that up for you. Using the GUI will take me a bit longer, but not much".

That is the right answer.

Here is just one way to implement the right answer for a scenario where such control over permissions might be required:
http://beginlinux.com/server_training/server-managment-topics/1038-...

Edited 2010-10-19 05:38 UTC

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Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

There are actually problems with ACLs on *nix related to umasks and inheritability. You can setup your read group and your write group but if someone in the write group copies a file to your shared folder, whether or not your read group can see/read that file is very much up in the air.

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