Vote for new Ubuntu Feature

Brian Fahrlander brian at
Mon Jan 8 12:39:00 UTC 2007

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mtyoung wrote:
> Not being able to login as root user in Ubuntu is a pain.
> The feature I propose is that every time Ubuntu won't let you do 
> something because you're not the root user or owner of something, it 
> should give you the opportunity to enter your password.
> Some features do that now. Make it universal.

    POOF!  It's now as universal as you like it.  Use "gksu" in front of
any command line you place in a launcher.  The password will be
requested if it's been a while, allowing you access to the dangerous
stuff at the click of a button.

    I come from AT*T Unix, Fortune Unix, SCO, and a handful of Linuxes.
Root access is just too dangerous.  I've been using all these similar
systems since 1989, and *I* don't use a root login.

    I suggest that the next time you have a typo in a command line,
wiping out large sections of files, or changing one-too-many
permissions, you'll come to see the light, too.

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