LinuxPlanet reviews Ubuntu

Petri Pennanen suvarin at
Thu Feb 3 18:39:18 CST 2005

On Thu, 2005-02-03 at 09:30 -0800, Nathan Howell wrote:
> On Thu, 03 Feb 2005 14:06:17 +0100, Petri Pennanen wrote:
> > 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
> them.

I know that, as does 99% of Ubuntu users. My point was that the article
didn't make it clear. I guess communication is a hard skill :-)

- Petri

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