Changes to polkit-desktop-policy

Nathanael D. Noblet nathanael at
Thu Mar 17 18:55:28 UTC 2011

On 03/17/2011 12:41 PM, Miloslav Trmač wrote:
> Colin Walters píše v Čt 17. 03. 2011 v 13:45 -0400:
>> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:29 PM, Daniel J Walsh<dwalsh at>  wrote:
>>> Are we turning on the wheel group in sudo?
>> It would clearly match doing so for pkexec, but would then be bizarre
>> because the Fedora installer still asks you to make up a root
>> password.  The whole thing is really a mess without any plan for where
>> things are going.
>> Is there any plan, anywhere?  Where was the design behind firstboot
>> adding the checkbox?
> Having such a facility would probably make life for quite a few users
> easier - but the interface does need more thought.
> The checkbox currently reads: "Add to Administrators group".
> * There is no "Administrators" group, users won't know what has
>    actually happened.
> * This concept new, and not familiar to any group of existing users:
>    - UNIX users know what a "group" is, but never heard of an
>      "Administrators" group (n.b. with a capital :) )
>    - Windows users know what an "Administrators group" is, but
>      it behaves differently: "Why can't I browse to /var/log/audit
>      with Nautilus?  It does not let me view the directory, and does
>      not present me with an option to override this.  I'm an
>      administrator!"

In addition to the above... many people (in the windows world) are being 
taught to setup their own 'Admin' user to do the installation / 
management stuff so that virus' can't get additional rights etc... They 
could transfer that same assumption...

Nathanael d. Noblet
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