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 ggeldenhuys on Thu 1st Mar 2012 10:52 UTC in reply to "2 remarks..."
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another distro for a macbook air ? WHY... the thing is designed for Mac OS... either you buy into that deal or you don't. I don't try to feed my cat dogfood either after all.

The issue has nothing to do with hardware. The security is ALL software!

As for using a different OS on Apple hardware... I don't see any problem with that. Apple makes decent hardware, so why are we not allowed to run our own software on that decent hardware.

Look around! Most laptops are crap and made of plastic, or feel pasticy. Most have low battery life compared to Apple laptops. Also most laptop manufacturer buy into this crap low resolution widescreen monitors - because it's cheaper (thanks to all the LCD TV's). When last did you see a 1.6 ratio laptop monitor? Apple still makes those!

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