Root login in rawhide and display managers

Kostas Georgiou k.georgiou at
Wed Sep 19 12:48:12 UTC 2007

On Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 05:34:09PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:

> 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. 

Aren't those users the ones that most likely will need to login as root
(with a GUI) at some point in the future because for example they
managed to disable their user account? Do you really expect them to be
able use the command line from the console?

Kostas Georgiou

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