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Re: Root Logins in X...

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 8:51 AM, Brian Wheeler <bdwheele indiana edu> wrote:
On Thu, 2009-01-22 at 08:35 -0500, Dr. Diesel wrote:

Yuk, no.  More like a desktop where things not related to sysadmin
aren't immediately obvious.  Things like openoffice, media players,
games, etc could be hidden.  If you know what you're doing and you need
them, no problem:  you know what you're doing :)  But if you're the
"lazy" sort that has come up in these discussions, then you're going to
want to use a normal login to do your day-to-day tasks like you should.

> There is nothing wrong with root X IMO.

Not in and of itself, no.  Of course, there's nothing wrong (in theory)
with logging into windows as administrator every time...

The problem comes in where people use root by default and there's a
security exploit which gives it control of the machine.  Or when a
newbie decides to clean stuff up with the file manager and gets carried
away.  Or accidentially "dials" the hard disk...

Making root logins unpalatable goes a long way to stop users from
complaining that Linux sucks...


Not sure how or why we would try to prevent utter stupidity!  I am firmly against forcing uses in any direction. 

Please just make it easy to switch back.

All of my bits are free, are yours?  Fedoraproject.org

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