[mythtv-users] OT: SATA errors

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Jul 10 19:43:00 UTC 2009


On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 01:38:24PM -0600, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Friday 10 July 2009 13:03:44 David Brodbeck wrote:
> > Brian Wood wrote:
> > > Ubuntu has done well at attracting new Linux users (I think it's now the
> > > most popular distro), but at the cost of behaving differently from
> > > "normal" Linux distros. I know they have a "If you're moving from
> > > Windows" section in their docs, perhaps they need an "if you're moving
> > > from a more normal Unix" section.
> >
> > FWIW, discouraging people from logging in as root is not unique to
> > Ubuntu.  Lately I've been playing with OpenSolaris, and I've found that
> > the Solaris world strongly discourages root logins.  In fact, a default
> > install will not let you log in directly as root, even from the console,
> > and most Solaris versions don't even bother to give root a home
> > directory.  Instead they provide a profile mechanism to give user
> > accounts the authority to do various rootly duties, and a pfexec command
> > to run commands using those profiles.
> >
> > It turns out the "all or nothing" approach to administrative privileges
> > that used to exist in Unix isn't very good for security, so more
> > security-conscious implementations tend to shy away from it now.
> 
> Yeah, there's an article in a recent Linux Journal about alternatives to 
> running programs SUID root, as that can obviously be a security risk.
> 
> What bothers me about Ubuntu is that they do not even acknowledge that such a 
> thing can be done (becoming root).
> 
> Handholding is OK, if you want it and understand it, but forcing training 
> wheels onto my system is not what I want.

    If you have any real business running as root it's not really a problem.





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