Converting a Windows 7 user to Xubuntu 13.10 & Miscellaneous Observations about Xubuntu 13.10

Eero Tamminen oak at
Sat Dec 14 20:16:26 UTC 2013


On maanantai 09 joulukuu 2013, raleigh rivers wrote:
> >> Thunar is a powerful file manager, and I like that I can make custom
> >> actions. I made a couple of custom actions for my customer last night
> >> and feel they should be included in Xubuntu. One is "Edit file as
> >> Root," although I named that one "Edit file with Administrator
> >> Privileges" to make a little clearer for a Windows refuge. Another is
> >> "Open as Root" ("Open with Administrator Privileges"). One of the
> >> frustrating points for a Windows refuge is how to edit, move or copy
> >> a file in Linux. These simple custom actions can remove an obstacle
> >> for them.
> > 
> > Why normal user needs to edit move or copy files as superuser?
> "Protecting the user from himself" is not as high a priority for me as
> "getting things done in the fastest possible manner." I am willing to
> enter a password from the GUI file manager, but dropping to a terminal
> and entering: "sudo thunar <pathname>" seems like a bridge too far. I
> don't see the downside to granting superuser status from the GUI, once a
> password is entered.

What normal user needs to do with Thunar, that would require superuser

	- Eero

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