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Re: What I HATE about F11



On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:42 AM, Casey Dahlin<cdahlin redhat com> wrote:
> The ability for nautilus to prompt for credentials when the user tries to do something outside his permission level has been missing for far too long. Its annoying to implement, but I'll owe a beer to whoever finally does it.


I just threw that out as one example of how to think like a new admin
when figuring out how to perform an administrative task for the first
time would end up trying to re-login as root in order to get access to
gui tools to make up for a lack of familiarity with the command line.
I'm sure there are other easy to reach for examples to illustrate the
point.   We've got a set of task specific GUI tools that make use of
the authorizations framework that helps a lot when normal usage
patterns requires a user to act as an admin( without really having to
realize it).  But I'm not sure we've collectively got our heads around
the use case the defines the collective needs of the novice
administrator and sets a boundary beyond which command line
familiarity is expected. .File permissions may or not be one of those
things we expect to fall into that novice boundary.  It's difficult
for me to even make a suggestion as to where the boundary is, I reach
for the commandline a lot more often than I strictly need to with the
current set of UI tools available.

-jef


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