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Re: Root Logins in X...



On Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:35:01 -0500
"Dr. Diesel" <dr diesel gmail com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 8:27 AM, Brian Wheeler <bdwheele indiana edu>
> wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, 2009-01-22 at 13:13 +0100, Morgan Olausson wrote:
> > > Hi, I am a non technical user of Fedora.
> > >
> > > I think there should (and finally will) be two different versions:
> > >
> > > (I) For non-technical users a version that just works. Easy to
> > > install, all settings are default. Simply a for free Microsoft
> > > Windows replacement. This is the Linux version that will be most
> > > widely spread. Most users have absolutely no idea of how to use a
> > > terminal window, and with this version they will not need to know
> > > it.
> >
> > You don't want non-technical users logging into the machine as root
> > by default no matter what because, as they say:  unix gives you
> > enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot. These situations are
> > much better handled with a non-privileged user logging in and then
> > using sudo or the gui equivalent.  So the root login thing doesn't
> > really apply here.
> >
> > I think a minimal "yukky" root desktop for maintenance is really the
> > right way to go:  it discourages unsafe usage, and it is obvious
> > that you're there to fix something.
> >
> > Brian
> >
> 
> Great, we are on the way to hundreds of "Are You Sure" pop up
> windows....
> 
> There is nothing wrong with root X IMO.

Does "root X" mean a session with xterm, xclock and xload (i.e. the
three programs X Window System was designed to run [1] ;-)) ?

Michal

[1] The UNIX-HATERS Handbook, chapter 7,
http://web.mit.edu/~simsong/www/ugh.pdf


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