I cannot provide an Administrator password to install program So?
Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
What have you got against a subset of Linux distros deciding to do things in a way that keeps things simple while forcing/encouraging users to not run as root normally?
I can't imagine why you've picked on this one. It suits people, it enforces security, it's harmless.
I have always installed user and root accounts in my Linux systems. Then a few years ago various distributions decided to block me from installing root accounts. This makes installation of these distributions more difficult as I have to go through the system files and find and undo the various blocks to a functioning root account. I consider having an installer block root accounts a completely unnecessary nuisance.
I have always installed user and root accounts in my Linux systems. Then a few years ago various distributions decided to block me from installing root accounts. This makes installation of these distributions more difficult as I have to go through the system files and find and undo the various blocks to a functioning root account.
Bingo! Root account enabled.
Can you say, "Silly and stupid"? (Not that I have strong feelings on this matter.)
I was always taught that root shouldn't use the graphical desktop for security reasons. And display managers are usually configured by default not to allow root logins (though of course that can always be modified). I would regard a distro as having a functioning root account if root has a password and a home directory and can can log in at a console.
Best practices are a collection of tools, techniques, settings and practices that are believed to offer the user with protection and stability. The more you learn and use the more likely that your system will be safe and secure.
I have argued against the root user for a very long time to be used as a normal user. It is always a cat and mouse deal between a distro and it's target users. Do you force them to be secure or do you let them do less than secure tasks by default?