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[3]: Getting Tired
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 1st Mar 2012 19:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Getting Tired"
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"Anyway, I think we all can agree that Linux Torvalds has some attitude problems. I mean, why would you call OpenBSD developers for "masturbating monkeys" because they think security is important?"

Maybe because... he has a sense of humor? What you may perceive as a threat or declaration for war may have been nothing more than a humorous stab at OpenBSD for going overboard (in his opinion; debate this all you want, but he probably realizes pure security can get in the way, and is most likely referring to that). I took it as a joke, laughed about it, forgot about it, and then moved on. Well, until you brought it up again complaining. Really... it's no big deal, despite the insanity some of you are trying to make it out to be. Bottom line: WHO CARES?!?

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