Allowing passwordless login via GDM

Mike Fedyk mfedyk at
Wed Feb 28 21:45:06 UTC 2007

Jan Claeys wrote:
> On vr, 2007-02-23 at 11:37 +0100, Milan wrote:
>> The question is, do we want to discourage people from switching to
>> Linux, and do we want Ubuntu to be the best distribution for home
>> end-users?
> I don't believe removing security measures at the same time as Microsoft
> is adding them is really going to make Ubuntu the _best_ distro...

If you look at it one way, it is a usability issue.  I do not think 
passwordless accounts should come anywhere near the word "default" but 
they do have their place.

"25 seconds until Guest is automatically logged in... 24 seconds... 23 

Used as a kiosk and similar scenario it is a valid use.  Personal data 
and security are concerns in this case, but not enough to block this use 
case and having warnings on the desktop and in apps that send data 
(browser forms and similar -- "Guest user, not secure") and slow 
oscillating background brightness can be used to alert against using 
this account for anything where privacy is a concern.


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