Ubuntu without polkit

Kevin Chadwick ma1l1ists at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Apr 1 14:51:47 UTC 2013

I have decided that sudo is superior to polkit in every way for both
developers and user except for if developers want to be lazy and
outsource policy creation to more general and so less specific and so
obviously likely less secure ones. I do not wish to debate that and
all debates I have seen have simply shown a lack of understanding of
what sudo can do.

I know that simply disabling polkit allows me to keep KDE and many
packages without any problems except that my logs will get filled with

On a Ubuntu box I have uninstalled polkit and so had to remove the
whole of KDE, which is rediculous in itself but whilst some think that
this is a Ubuntu issue I currently think that it is a KDE/polkit design
issue as Ubuntu cannot be expected to have two KDE builds. PAM support
is in many packages without dependency issues for example.

A couple of packages (sofar) like nvidia-settings and steam-launcher
have to be installed outside the repos if you do not have polkit
installed even though they are 99% functional without polkit. I
believe there is no debate about hard dependencies here being a Ubuntu

p.s. Has Ubuntu considered shipping default sudoers policies possibly
taking advantage of groups, NOPASSWD: etc. and

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