set up a root password
cave.dnb2m97pp at aliceadsl.fr
Tue Aug 5 19:06:21 BST 2008
On Tuesday 05 August 2008 17:57, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Henri Girard wrote:
> > regards :)
> > Derek how old are you ?
> > i am 63 :)
> Old enough to remember dinosaurs, not that it's relevant. I learned Unix
> well before sudo. I respect your right to install a root password, I just
> think it a very bad idea to tell newbies to do that as their first task -
> and then laugh about how they might screw everything up if they aren't
Well I've got Fedora, Debian, Archlinux, and Slackware installs, and have
gotten used to, and like having a root password. That said though, I havn't
messed with the way that Kubuntu does things with sudo, and the users
It does get quite amusing from time to time though, when I find myself booted
into one of my Kubuntu installs (DD, GG, or HH). On the CLI, when wanting to
check for updates, I find myself typing su, and then expect to enter my root
password, which is usually followed by a quite loud "Doh".
On the GUI, I've also been caught out when wanting to open KDE's superuser
file manager, or any other GUI app that needs root access. The window opens
asking for password, and find myself entering my usual root password, then
get a complaint about wrong password, which quickly brings me back to
reality, when I realise I'm booted into Kubuntu.
Personally I believe that having a separate root password (which I would
expect to be more complex, than a plain old user one) is a good idea, as on
most of my distros, and does give an extra step that a potential hacker has
to go through to get into your machine, but I suppose if they are determined
to get in, they will find a way.
5¢ worth of humor, and thoughts.
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