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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Wait... root? what root?
by pfortuny on Wed 29th Feb 2012 08:39 UTC
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My computer (a mobile phone) uses a single password for everything.

Is that supposed to be OK or not?

I mean, which world are we living in? "root"... "root"!! "root"??? rotten.

More than one password == people will use the same everywhere.

People (THE people) are not geeks. Root means nothing to them. The point is: anything assuming two or more personalities on a (most likely) single-user device is broken by itself.

On multiuser systems: of course it makes sense to require another password for changing the wifi: are you going to let anyone disconnect the network? Or the printer?

So, it depends on the system requirements.

As ... always.

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