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Re: User Experience improvements for Anaconda

Martin Gracik <mgracik redhat com> wrote:
> I see, but what if you had a user "steve" with already setup sudo access for you, instead of the root account.
> Would that make your work more unpleasant?

In the sense that it is making extra work for me, yes.  I would use the
'steve' account to set up the root account, then delete the 'steve' account.

> Now you have to setup root account in the installer. So you have to setup at least one user account.

Root is a pre-existing account.  All that is needed is to set a password
for it.

> The way I propose, you would still have to setup only one user, no more work on your side compared to the
> situation we have now. The user would just not be called root, but for example "steve".

Well, it would be more work for me -- see above.  Admittedly, it's a
one-time ten minute task to deal with, but multiply that by dozens of

> Or is there some reason that you absolutely need root access?

A significant number of people subscribe to the "log in as a user then
become root" paradigm.  I don't.  I consider that unnecessarily burdensome.

I would argue that there's a significant number of people that work the
same way I do.  Trying to enforce a "be user, become root" policy through
the installer isn't going to make any of us happy.

In the end, that's what I object to.  It feels like an attempt to enforce
a policy that I don't agree with.  Let it be default to set up a local user
account.  But also let it be an option to bypass that and (or in addition)
set the root password.

Thank you,

Steven R. Allen - Linux Admin Weenie
Unix sysadmin: Linux, IRIX, NetBSD, OS X, Solaris, HP/UX, CX/UX
Phone: 206-544-0910  M/S: 4J-06

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