Torvalds:requiring root password for mundane things is moronic

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Fri Mar 2 21:41:05 UTC 2012

On Fri, 2012-03-02 at 09:34 -0700, Nathanael D. Noblet wrote:
> On 03/02/2012 06:59 AM, Neal Becker wrote:
> >> I believe Fedora 17 has an add user to admin group checkbox when
> >> adding the initial user, not sure if it is checked on or off by default.
> >>
> >>
> > Actually, FC16 has this feature (and I use it).  But this is sometimes even more
> > confusing.  Does that dialog want my password, or root pw?  Some dialogs do
> > clearly say, some don't.
> +10000*10000
> The number of times I wonder... which password do I enter here? Is 
> astounding.

I'd say it's a pretty solid principle that you should file a bug any
time you come across a dialog which doesn't specify this.
Adam Williamson
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