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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Fedora's default configuration is different from Ubuntu's, we do not set up sudo out of the box. We *do* use PolicyKit for privilege escalation for some purposes, and PK is extremely powerful and flexible and can be set up so it 'works like sudo' for some operations - i.e. allows some or all 'normal users' to perform certain operations by entering their own password, not root's.

Edited 2012-02-29 02:38 UTC

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