root password setting unoffered at install

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Sun Nov 4 18:00:39 UTC 2007

On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 18:44:57 +0100
Gilles Gravier <Gilles at> wrote:

> This is more simplistic than having several users (roles) each with a 
> limited and well defined set of permissions... as would be for example 
> implemented with RBAC.

[snipped other comments, with which I broadly agree ]

OK - we don't really disagree, then. Either method ( the "root only" method
mostly used in other distributions,  or Ubuntu's "only the first user is
given root powers via sudo") is a broad brush approach.

This is of course configurable, which is the way I was looking at it :)
Nothing stops us from creating users and groups as we see fit, and
tailoring sudo accordingly.

I thought long threads about sudo vs. root were a thing of the past on the
Ubuntu list, but evidently I was wrong!




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