Torvalds:requiring root password for mundane things is moronic

Nathanael D. Noblet nathanael at
Fri Mar 2 21:51:48 UTC 2012

On 03/02/2012 02:41 PM, Adam Williamson wrote:
> 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.

I will from now on... at the time it was more of a "am I the only one 
who doesn't get this"? I trust the developers soooo it must be me. :D

Nathanael d. Noblet
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