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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Torvalds does the thing he knows best...
by ddc_ on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 21:21 UTC
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...he is trolling. While the salesmen on the road clearly don't need to enter root password to setup printers if setting up the printers is a part of their job, limiting users' privleges in offices is a common practice these days. I worked in office environment where this opportunity was specifically and purposely disabled.

Actually tuning the permissions and passwords on Unix-like systems is dead easy. Though Linux has PolicyKit now, it is still not all that difficult to get the user permissions right anyway. Typing the rant in Google Plus actually takes more time then tuning permissions on all the PCs in a family.

Anyway, the question of defaults is pretty streight forward: if you change the distro you shouldn't expect the defaults you are accustomed to; you should check and fix them according to your likes. Complaining about that is pretty much maroonish.

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