that darned ROOT problem

Mike Bird mgb-ubuntu at
Wed Sep 28 14:52:40 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-09-28 at 07:23, Bo Grimes wrote:
> No biggie, but I don't like the idea that anyone with my user passward 
> has complete control of my system.  It's not like I'm a system admin.  
> I'm just a dad on a home pc, so I don't protect my user password from my 
> family and I don't bother with 7 seperate accounts.

Ubuntu is good in many ways but the root/sudo gimic is utter lossage. 
Giving unrequested sudo permission to the first user account is a MAJOR

The lack of a root password is a considerable annoyance when your
install broke and you have to hunt around to find the clue as to how to
become root to fix it.  For home users, this may well occur when they
don't have convenient Internet access because of the installation

We have some Ubuntu internally but we install other distros on
customers' systems so they won't get confused trying to learn *nix.

Give people an option during install if you like.  Permit, but don't

--Mike Bird

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