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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As usual, Linus is right
by uteck on Thu 1st Mar 2012 02:30 UTC
uteck
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I ran across this issue on the corporate linux desktop I am working on. I can't allow users full sudo to install a printer, and even setting sudo to allow domain^users access did not work since the menu item for system-config-printer includes calling gksu, so it prompts for a password anyway. So I have to replace the menu item with one that does not call gksu, I am sure I am going to run across more items like this once it gets deployed.

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