Root login in rawhide and display managers

Denis Leroy denis at
Wed Sep 19 13:13:59 UTC 2007

Matthias Clasen wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-09-19 at 09:00 -0400, Alan Cox wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 02:49:19PM +0200, Denis Leroy wrote:
>>> Creating a normal user is not mandatory in anaconda (as it should be).
>> It should not be. In an environment using single sign on systems, ldap, NIS
>> or yellow pages it makes no sense.
>> Secondly the security argument here is simply peeing in the wind as you can
>> hit ctrl-alt-f1 and log in as root on a text console.
> Yeah, but then you don't walk away from your root session expecting the
> screensaver to kick in - which it doesn't for root.

Yes but who cares about a screensaver when you

1) use a kvm switch
2) have no monitor connected, but use vlc-server (you do need gnome 
installed for that)
3) have no monitor connected, but use a virtual remote console (as in 
our sun systems).

As mentioned earlier, the best solution may be to turn the root desktop 
into a special rescue environment...

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