Root login in rawhide and display managers

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Wed Sep 19 12:04:09 UTC 2007

Rex Dieter wrote:
> Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>> Root login has been disabled in GDM for a while now in rawhide. Would
>> KDM and other display managers be modified to be consistent with this
>> behavior? I would prefer if it was.
> What's the rationale (again?) for disabling root login?

See fedora-desktop list discussions. The goal IIUC was to discourage 
root login via display managers since there isn't normally a reason to 
do that and it presents a higher security risk. This has also been a 
often requested feature in the past and with the introduction of Policy 
Kit makes it even more sense to do so. Users who are inclined to ignore 
this safeguard can always turn the option on.


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