root password setting unoffered at install

Gilles Gravier Gilles at
Sun Nov 4 17:28:19 UTC 2007

Simplistic in the sense that by default, your administrative user has 

In Ubuntu by default there the administrative roles (create users, 
populate home directories, manage network, change peripherals, change 
users passwords, and so many more) are simplistically merged into ONE 

That is what I mean by simplistic.

Of course, SUDO can be made to enfore more fine grained control. But 
Ubuntu *BY*DEFAULT* isn't configured that way.


Peter Garrett wrote:
> On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 18:00:53 +0100
> Gilles Gravier <Gilles at> wrote:
>> Consider this some form of very simplistic role based access control. 
>> Your normal user has the administrator role when it enters the correct 
>> password. Unfortunately not much fine grain control, but still... better 
>> than full access to root. :)
> This is not so - on the contrary, the original point of sudo was to give
> fine-grained control over which users and/or groups were allowed to run
> particular applications, or perform defined administrative tasks.
> man sudoers
> has more information. 
> apropos sudo
> Points to even more :)
> There is nothing at all simplistic about it, as you will discover if you
> read further on the subject.
> Peter

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