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Old 01-10-2004, 02:40 PM   #1
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Automatic logins

It's kind of tedious having to log in every time, how do I make it go automatically to KDE without any input from me at all? I remember Mandrake did this, but now I'm using Slackware 9.0. Also, on a computer which is only mine and no one ever uses but me. is there any reason to have any extra logins other than root? Until now I have always logged in as root and never had any problems but some people claim you should never use root unless you're installing something or doing system maintainance.
Old 01-10-2004, 02:55 PM   #2
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If you use KDM for a login manager you can configure auto-logins by going into the KDE Control Center in the System Administrator/Login Manager section.

I don't like using the root account for everything for a couple of reasons. Security is a big one. I open my computer up to the internet and often log in remotely. I don't allow root logins remotely so I have to have a user to log in. Most of the time when I am using my computer I am not doing anyhting that needs root access. So as a result I use my user account as a way to protect myself from doing anything stupid. For example, I know somebody who was trying to chmod a few files and because of the way he structured the command, and the fact he was root, he ended up chmoding his entire system... you can't make silly mistakes like that if you aren't a super user. It also prevents me from running anything that could screw up the system. If you run all your apps as root it is easier for somebody to screw you if you run malicious code.


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