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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by ndrw on Wed 29th Feb 2012 03:48 UTC in reply to "RE: 2 remarks..."
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I don't exactly agree with Tom's opinion - it makes sense for me to use different OS than OSX on Mac - that's just my personal preference (I find OSX GUI, albeit smooth and flashy, rather limiting).

But then there are two points I agree with him:
- Mac was designed for OSX and OSX was designed for Mac. This is difficult to beat as the detail hardware specs are only known to Apple devs. Contrast it with a PC - an OEM may design the hardware for Windows but Windows (just like Linux) is only made for a generic PC.
- Linux and OSX both are Unix-based systems. There are simply less incentives for switching the system. In most cases the user can simply install missing apps.

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