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just a quickie on any good desktop distros that can be run as root? I am sick to death of having to enter passwords every time I want to make changes on MY MACHINE (its my hardware and I want it to do what I want, not what someone else thinks is the right thing to do)
preferably without the gnome 3.2 or kde desktop environments (no bling to get in the way just be useable/configurable)
two that I have tried are puppy linux (limited in available software) and slackware, (too big at a 4 gig download and above my linux level of expertise)
In distros that do not allow a root login from the graphical display manager you can disable the GDM and boot to a command line; then you can enable a root login then startx from the command line.
How to disable the GDM will depend on the distro. I've done this with my Debian box because I use it mainly as a file server. Many times, when I log in, I am doing stuff that does not need a GUI, so I don't want to waste my time with it.
I see nothing wrong with logging on as root when you have a bunch of root stuff to do and want to get it over with, though I recommend strongly against doing all of one's computing as root.
I think the worst instance was in either mint or ubuntu when trying to update flashplayer to version 11 (which was not carried in the software repository at that time) I downloaded the latest from adobe to manualy replace the earlier version in the file system, (usualy, usr/lib/mozzila) only to be told that I did not have permission to open the file system. sorry but this is my hardware and I have not agreed with any distro that they have the right to restrict my access to my machine on whatever grounds they choose (usualy security so they can frighten people into going along with them not allowing running as root.) the only linux machine I have heard of catching a virus was ubuntu 11.10 proving that not running as root made no difference at all.
sorry for the rant, but I feel that strongly about it
thats why my next distro will let me run as root or I wont entertain it.
I do not think it is hoax to coax people in to using password to install software.
Its for their own safety - Considering that Linux is gaining popularity - You would not want to taken by surprise. Adding/modifying repositories in some malicious way is/are side effects of allowing softwares to install and go on rampage. Prevention is better then cure
I would like to point out that it is possible to log in as root on Ubuntu and Mint. If you just want temporary root power, you can use sudo for a single command or sudo -s, to start a session as root, to run graphical programs as root, you can use gtksudo. If you really must log in as root, you just need to use sudo to set root's password (it is locked by default). And you might need to modify the gdm settings to permit login as root.
Yes, it is your machine, you have the right to do with it what you want. But if you do that (running as root user only) please be so kind to keep your machine away from the net. We don't want to be bothered with spam mail being sent from your machine to our accounts. We don't want DDOS attacks on our servers or being brute forced by your hacked machine. As long as your machine doesn't bother us, do what you want.
As stated in another member's reply, you can disable the login on many (any?) distros and go straight to the desktop.
If you're looking for a good distro with security and functionality that lets you run as root you should check out Backtrack 5 r1. It's based on Ubuntu and I use it all the time. I made another account but I never use it, I'm always on root because you have to be to use most of the tools it comes with.