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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Single user linux
On Wed, 25 Apr 2001 wrote:
> so i guess i deserve opinions instead of flames. the
> approach is from personal use, not the usual server use.
> if you think a server setup is best for all use just say so,
> i'm listening.

Several distributions (Red Hat and Mandrake certainly) offer auto-login
tools. In conjunction with those tools, take the approach that Apple
used with OS X and setup "sudo" for administrative tasks on the machine.
This allows the end user to generally administer the machine without all
the need to hack the kernel, modify login, operate as root, etc. You can
even restrict their actions with it and log what they do.

In the end though, I really don't see the big deal with having a root
user for general home use. Even traditionally stand-alone operating
systems have gone to this model (Mac OS X) or are heading that way fast
(Windows XP). There are always ways to configure permissions, and even
in a stand-alone environment it's always better to protect against
accidental deletion of system critical files. In other words, the
benefits vastly outweigh the minor inconvenience.

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