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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The five minute time out is a setting that can be changed in the sudo config. It's a convenience thing for command line users.

Yeah, OSs really need to try to sandbox the user much more then they already to. Eveything still has that DOS mentallity that the user should have complete control of the computer, when in reality they just need control of their profile/home dir unless they need to make a system wide change.

For instace, software should have the option of installing system wide or just for the user. If the software is going to be system wide, then authentication is asked for, and if it's user only, then the software gets installed into a programs folder.

There is support for this (PortableApps for windows and compiling from source Unix, for instance), but it's not mainstream.

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