Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2012 23:11 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds on requiring the root password for mundane tasks. "So here's a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace 'my kids' with 'sales people on the road' if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place." Yes, it's harsh (deal with it, Finns don't beat around the bush), but he's completely and utterly right. While there's cases where it makes sense to disable certain settings (public terminals, for instance), it is utterly idiotic that regular home users have to type in their root password for such mundane tasks.
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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 29th Feb 2012 00:21 UTC
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

That's what sudo is for isn't it? Just add primary computer users to sudoers list.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by Priest on Wed 29th Feb 2012 07:20 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

Having full sudo isn't much different than having root.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by dbodner on Wed 29th Feb 2012 08:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
dbodner Member since:
2007-07-01

Luckily sudo can do far more than just give people "su" access.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 29th Feb 2012 16:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

The point is, you need to input your password, not root's.

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