Ubiquity generates hostname using login name

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Mon Jan 19 18:19:05 UTC 2009

B Gerlich [2009-01-15 22:18 +0100]:
> Wouldn't it be more prudent to generate the hostname in a way that wouldn't
> reveal an existing user name, for example not using the last three or four
> chars of the login in the hostname?

It would be much harder to remember, though, and look really weird.
Also, many people use short user names in order to type less at login.

But it is just a sensible default, and you can change it any way you
like if you are concerned about bruteforcing user names.

I wouldn't mind if the default was just "ubuntu-desktop", but the way
it is now is actually quite nice if you set up multiple machines in
your house and use <name>-desktop.local to access them.


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