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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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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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I think some people in this thread are mistaking the local key-store password request with a gksu elevation. They are not the same thing.

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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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