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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Once deployed and configured properly both sudo and policykit do the job. As a user I have no preference for any of them. Chances are that I'll get sudo before PackageKit (just because PackageKit is somewhat newish), and I'd be perfectly happy with it.

Unfortunately, if the default is to have sudo/PK disabled and there is no easy switch to enable it I'll still have to use my Linux workstation as a dumb terminal and compile everything from sources. It isn't exactly "using an OS", more like "fighting" it.

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