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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RE: Getting Tired
by wibbit on Thu 1st Mar 2012 13:41 UTC in reply to "Getting Tired"
wibbit
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It's a pity, that due to his fame, and more importantly other people apparently blindly following and agreeing (or not blindly, but taking a considered view, and agreeing), and with news sites further highlighting his views, that he should be censored, and would not be allowed the same freedom as you or I.

Why is it, that I could say that, yet he can not?

Yes yes, fame, moral responsibility (and advocating shooting one's self is a bit extreme, but it's obviously meant in humour), however I don't think this is at all extreme, it is, as he said, a simple rant.

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