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Re: User Experience improvements for Anaconda

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 14:48, Chris Lumens <clumens redhat com> wrote:
>> - version #1 is where you can simply use 'root' as your username and
>> it'll set a root password instead of create a first user. One
>> potentially weird/awkward thing here is that I don't think it's so nice
>> to set a real person's name on a root account (is it even possible?) So
>> I think the right thing to do in the case of setting the username = root
>> is to blank out the 'Full Name' field and grey it out as well when
>> 'root' is typed in the field.
> Setting the name is just adding information into the line in the
> /etc/passwd file, so I don't see why you couldn't also do it for root.
> I just don't think it's too commonly done.
>> In both versions, you get extra screens by 'opting-in' to them via
>> checkboxes (similar to how the partitioning screen works today.)
> On both, we're setting up the non-root user for sudo access, yeah?  We
> should probably mention that we're doing that, though you wouldn't want
> to use the word "sudo".  Say something about how this user will be
> authorized to perform system tasks, blah blah blah.
> I need to spend some time thinking about these screens in the context of
> kickstart installs to make sure that whatever we allow today is still
> allowed after we make this change.

What I have been doing for my systems lately and would love as a
firstboot or similar is that I add the first user to desktop_admin_r
and then make sudo use that group as root access with password. This
allows for both "I need a password to do things" to key off the same
group. At one place we worked we just had some sort of wording like:

If you will need administrative access for this system click here: []
and that did the sudo thing for that user.

> - Chris
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