Booting and login - why are users not logged in automatically?

Evan eapache at
Wed Mar 24 13:54:08 UTC 2010

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 8:57 AM, Timo Jyrinki <timo.jyrinki at> wrote:
> 2010/3/24 Evan <eapache at>:
>> For security we definitely want users to enter their passwords by default.
>> However, given this default you raise a good point that ureadahead
>> should be optimized for this option, not for auto-login.
> Note though that Ubuntu Netbook defaults to auto-login

Why? I'm sure there are reasons, but my initial reaction is that any
computer which can easily be stolen (ie laptop/netbook) should
NEVER have auto-login enabled.

> and netbook
> boot speed has been the primary goal with boot speed optimizations
> AFAIK (although everyone benefits of course, a lot).



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