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This has nothing to do with root privileges, you are prompted this message because nm-applet wants to use the wifi key (WEP i guess) stored in the keyring. What is the gnome-keyring?
It's a gnome feature that provides an easy way to remember various passwords used by applications, so that you don't have to type them every time you run your apps. Basically you're asked for your keyring password by gnome-keyring-manager just after logging in (or if it's the first time, it asks you to define it), and now on the apps just deal on their own with the keyring to get the data they need.
The keyring system is totally apart from the Unix rights mechanism, you're not asked your session password (though nothing will prevent you from using the same).
The trouble is, numerous apps and daemons depend on it directly or indirectly, and the apps require an immediate answer from the keyring, otherwise you get an error from the app. While i'm kept busy typing the password the startup apps launch, so in my case it ends up with Nautilus "that couldn't start up" etc., and i have to re-log in (i've already passed thru the authentication process then, so the sartup apps run correctly). Very annoying, but i've been unable to fix it. I think the worst part is that you can't reset your password or enable the keyring without hacking, and still it remains a bit messy. Anyway there's a file or two that can be suppressed, search google.
This fixed my Starling netbook with Ubuntu 9.04.
From my home directory, I did:
rebooted, and it asked for my network password (NOT root password)
I entered it and after 20 seconds for the network to connect wirelessly,
I'm in and happy! Thanks people.
hello! I would like to use keyring but i dont want my passwords to be unencrypted in my home folder. Is it possible instead of asking me the password to unlock automatically if i have the usb flash with the password in it?