paul at lemmons.name
Wed Jul 22 19:57:48 BST 2009
> I don't understand why so many has problems with this, it's a security
> risk (not a big one but still...) and it's not the UNIX way to be able
> to execute programs if not the execute-bit is set on the file.
> Speaking of Microsoft and Vista why do so many have problems with
> that? You have to type a password in Linux to when accessing hardware
> or changing things in the system.
> / Jonas
The reason is more philosophical than technical but let me see if I can
I use Linux exclusively and I do so because of the control I have over
the environment. I have trusted sources for software and I have the
ability to customize my system in any way I want. I even have the
ability to be stupid if I want to be; even incredibly so. Microsoft and
Apple try to protect the user from themselves by placing restrictions on
what a person can do on their own computer. They also leave the training
wheels on by constantly asking the question "Are you sure?". The
deliberate restricting of what I can do on my own computer is just plain
wrong. To date, the Linux community and desktop developers do not do
this and I am not really afraid of this changing.
The constant pop-up confirmation which in essence asks "Are you smart
enough to be doing this?" is both irritating and insulting to a person
that really does know what they are doing. It is just irritating to the
less experienced. I would also suggest that It is not in the least bit
protective of the user. Do you know of anyone that does not say "Yes" to
one of those dialogs? For Microsoft and Apple it may protect them from
law suits but it does not protect the person using the software. In the
end, I am either smart enough to say "yes" or inexperienced enough to
not say "no".
Yes, I do have a password and it is a good one and I do enter it once.
Once, during login, is enough. I have verified who I am. If I leave my
computer unattended and logged in, I lock it. If I forget, my screen
saver does it for me. I have set the sudoers file so that I am not
prompted for a password for every change I make to my system.
I apologize for my insulting choice of words in my original few posts.
The appearance of this new Vista-like
protection-the-user-from-themselves scheme took me aback and I responded
poorly. I deeply respect the hard work the devs do on the various
programs that I use. This was just not one of the best design choices
they have made and I want the ability to turn it off.
And for the record, the issue was not the execute bit, it was the fact
that the .desktop files were not in a "standard" directory. They were
shortcuts to the rdesktop command; a base system program.
Sometimes I wonder. Were our faith able to stand upright and look around, would it be looking down at the mustard seed or standing in awe of the height and breadth of it.
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