About root or administrative account

David B Teague davidbteague at verizon.net
Fri Mar 23 11:20:35 UTC 2007

Note that one chooses his advice by choosing his adviser. Nevertheless 
I'm asking this question here, in the hope of getting both sides of an 
issue that has bothered me since discovering *buntu.

A pundit from TechRepublic made the following remark about the *buntu 

*Question: How about a bad one [distribution]?*
This is easy, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu are bad distros,
they killed security by disabling root account. Any distro with no
system admin account is bad.

Please argue for me both sides of this feature. I admit to having qualms 
about *buntu not having a root account.

Please note that I expect to receive answers supportive of *buntu from 
this list. However, I'm looking for incisive answers that tell me why 
the *buntu solution to the administrative annoyance is truly better than 
the more traditional *nix solution, yet tell me the down side of not 
having a root account.

Finally, if this is an already thoroughly argued issue and is in a FAQ, 
please post the URL. If there are further questions, I'll ask again .

With Warmest Regards
David Teague

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