LinuxPlanet reviews Ubuntu

Nathan Howell nathan at
Thu Feb 3 11:30:53 CST 2005

On Thu, 03 Feb 2005 14:06:17 +0100, Petri Pennanen wrote:

> On Thu, 2005-02-03 at 14:43 +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:
>> Nice one!
> [...]
> Yeah. It was a good review. However it leaves the reader confused
> regarding the implications of Ubuntus use of sudo.
>         "In Ubuntu, the user whose account you create during the second
>         phase of the install process has the ability to run "execute as
>         root" process (using sudo under the covers)"
> That's all well and good. However he continues with:
>         "If you're using Ubuntu in a commercial setting, the implications
>         of giving normal users the ability to run privileged commands
>         requires some sysadmin forethought. It requires a significant
>         amount of trust in anyone with physical access to anyone else's
>         system, but it is a great way to discourage people from asking for
>         or using the root account when it isn't actually necessary."
> That would leave me a bit nervous about installing Ubuntu in a multiuser
> setting :|

If you're installing in that situation, you should have the knowledge to
take care of it. All you need to do is /not/ give the users sudo
priviledges, or create a more specific sudo configuration to give them
access to some superuser commands that they may need rather than all of


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