Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2012 12:41 UTC
Gnome Honest question. Do you think the GNOME project is as healthy today as it was, say, 4 years ago? Benjamin Otte explains that no, it isn't. GNOME lacks developers, goals, mindshare and users. The situation as he describes it, is a lot more dire than I personally thought.
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Gone fishing
Member since:
2006-02-22

Obviously you just type your password into any box that asks for it. Try creating a new account without sudo rights and see how far you get.


You shouldn't be able to create delete accounts without admin privileges - do you think you should? I'm with Soulbender on this one.

The need to to have admin privileges to join a wireless network was an Opensuse problem (KDE is the default desktop) I guess related to YAST, not a Gnome 3 problem.

Obviously if you are going to change network settings across multiple users (such as changing the default wireless) you need admin privilege so obviously a non-admin account is not going to be able to do it and rightly so.

You seem to be talking nonsense or perhaps you like the way Windows 9x works?

Edited 2012-07-28 09:12 UTC

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

On my Windows 7 laptop, even a user on the Guest account can connect to a wireless network without needing my password or the Admin password; the user would only need to know the router's wireless passphrase or WPS key. On my old Mac mini it was the same way; connecting to a wireless network shouldn't involve local security at all. That's what WiFi encryption and passphrases are there for.

Or to put it another way, would you want to have to enter your root password every time you plugged in an Ethernet cable?

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

On my Windows 7 laptop, even a user on the Guest account can connect to a wireless network without needing my password or the Admin password


And that's exactly how network-manager works. It's not a network-manager or GNOME problem is SuSE decides differently or Ubuntu (in one version) has an unfortunate default.

I regularly connect to wireless networks, mobile broadband and wired networks and I have never been asked for admin rights when connecting using network-manager. Ever.

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

On my Windows 7 laptop, even a user on the Guest account can connect to a wireless network without needing my password or the Admin password; the user would only need to know the router's wireless passphrase or WPS key. On my old Mac mini it was the same way; connecting to a wireless network shouldn't involve local security at all. That's what WiFi encryption and passphrases are there for.


It is the same with Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora or any Desktop Linux I've used apart from Opensuse - this is not a Gnome issue, you only need to elevate if you are changing other users accounts and this is as it should be.

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