Where's Konqueror in SU

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Mon Nov 2 16:01:56 UTC 2009

David wrote:

>> and do not forget that Konqueror is also a file browser, not just 
>> web browser (oh, does everyone really has to do "cd /etc; vi 
>> someconfigfile" in the text console?)
> You, sir, are advocating one of the major 'stupid Windows users'
> arguments for Linux. Run as root.
> The point is, I believe, that to disable root is considered a good
> thing. Those that disagree with that thought and wish to open their
> system that way are free to do so. Those that do not know *how* to do
> that probably should *not* do that.
> Makes sense to me.

I don't think the people at Red Hat are entirely stupid, though I 
disagree with them on some matters and I think that preventing root from 
using GUIs is futile and misguided, especially as a good proportion of 
the software  must be run with root privilege. Think, RH the 
configuration tools run with root privilege. That means all of GTK, 
python, perl and X,

RH does not disable the root account, it just prevents it from logging 
in to a GUI.

To do the job properly, it should (at least) allow the root account to 
be disabled entirely, and insist that if that's done the installer also 
creates an account that can be used for administration. Using sudo, not su.

Ubuntu has done that from day one (but not at the user's option) and it 
works fine.

Above I refer to "Red Hat" because it was on RHEL-clone that I mas most 
recently tripped up. I don't _know_  of any relevant way Fedora differs.



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