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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What everyone is forgeting when replying is that all your suggestions kind of require special design decisions for the single user use case.

Operating systems are however generic, and must be able to cope between being used by a single user at home, in very expensive servers in the enterprise world, and any scenario in between.

Failing to do so, we end up with Microsoft's solution, which everyone loves to hate, when there are Windows flavours, each one different, depending on the user use case.

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