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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flynn
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2009-03-19

It's been a while since I did a clean install of either, but I believe the default configuration of both Ubuntu and Fedora is for users to "sudo anything", using their own password for authentication. Easily changed, but it *is* the default.

That's the way it should be. sudoers are special users, but they are not root, they should not know or require the root password. They should use their own password.

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