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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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

What about all the people who use OpenSuse on their servers?


Server's are fundamentally different from workstations and as such different security profiles (or whatever you want to call it) would be a good idea.

What If I have a team of web developers and admins spread across the world and every morning they change the system time because they think it's not right in their country?


So what? It's a workstation. I certainly hope the people in your team who's half-across the world can change the time if needed and don't have to wait for someone in your part to wake up and do it for them.

What if I don't want developers at the other side of the world to print crap on my printer?


I don't see what root or not has to do with this. Do you give them all shell access to your workstation or something?

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