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[–] wuzizname 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I'm finding the constant requesting for my password to be a bit much, anytime you do any kind of system wide change it demands your password... which can get annoying especially when you're setting up a new system. I've been told it's for my own good and to not look into changing this but I'd like it to be less common.

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[–] raydeen 1 points 17 points (+18|-1) ago 

I tend to prefer it actually. This way I'm fairly certain that nothing is gaining control of the system without my knowledge. Nothing's fool proof but it gives me a certain peace of mind. I'm rather used to it anyway as most of the machines we use at work are Macs and by default, you have to enter your password when making any sort of change to the system or installing software. Plus the pause to enter the password can make you think 'Is this really something I want to be doing?' instead of just firing at will and potentially killing the system. I remember years ago my brother in law was working in DOS and wanted to delete all the .BMP files from his Windows directory to make some room. What he meant to type was

del c:\windows\*.bmp

What he ended up typing was (because he was in a hurry)

del c:\windows\*.*

I was sitting beside him watching him type and couldn't get the words out fast enough before he hit enter. All I could do was sit and wait for the realization to hit him. And hit him it did about 5 seconds after the command had finished. He had smartdrv.exe loaded so it blew through that delete really fast. :D

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[–] PlasmaDistortion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This actually just made me bust out laughing. Everyone around me now thinks I am crazy. :)

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[–] wuzizname 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oopsie!

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[–] l1a1 4 points 7 points (+11|-4) ago 

It's for your own good... Relevant: https://xkcd.com/936/

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[–] ginx2666 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago 

It's for your own good

How is that different from the attitude of companies that don't let you customize their products? Companies like... oh I don't know... Microsoft?

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[–] flimflamedthezimzam 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I feel like this ignores rainbow tables?

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[–] White_Raven 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Constantly asking for your password is the NUMBER ONE top level primary reason Linux is more secure than any other OS. Changes that require a password are important, and can be automated post-password, but not before. If you want an OS that doesn't give a shit who is doing what, stick with Windows - and I don't mean that to be mean, rude, or off-putting, but keep the password, DO NOT disable this feature. If you truly want to do something, just enter the password. Otherwise, shitty malware could be used to sneak in and take advantage of the fact that you have disabled one of the most important security features of the most secure OS: YOUR PERMISSION TO ACT.

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[–] wuzizname 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Makes sense.

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[–] Atarian 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

But... that's what you want, isn't it?

That's why we don't run our computers as root.

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Linux is already inherently very secure in most distros. If you need extra security because you are dealing with a lot of sensitive material, this is understandable. But for the average person, increasing the security settings is more of a nuisance than anything.

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[–] KhalDrongo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Except when vulnerabilities are found in software (openssl or bash for example) and the distro doesn't update the packages because they want to remain "stable".

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[–] President-Sanders 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Like every product use the one with the most eyes on it.

That's the best you can do.

And by eyes, I mean open contributors. Not NSA agents drinking coffee that you paid for while they watch your skype calls, that you paid billions of dollars in taxes for the NSA to buy for microsoft, for microsoft to then charge them billions in maintenance fees to basically become an extension of the hidden NSA budget.

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's not impossible. Bleeding edge software has more chances of having regressions though

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[–] ScientistSupreme 0 points 51 points (+51|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Nope, that's microsoft.com

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[–] HST 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Yup. We're all a part of the new Open Source cabal out to take over the world.

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[–] muniea 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

~libre akbar~

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[–] President-Sanders 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

We're currently cruising at a slightly higher rationality level than the rest of the internet. This is what happens when you can breathe the alpine fresh air of rationality.

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[–] Existential_Robot 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I just switched from Windows recently and this is good info. Thanks!

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[–] PotatoFarm 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Another useful thread with interesting and useful advice. Good work voat!

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[–] awshidahak 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Personally, I'd prefer

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[–] sodaphish 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Long time Linux geek here: I would always choose security over stability on a workstation. On a server, I would weigh heavily stability over security, but always err to the side of security. So saith the security Nazi.

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[–] BASH_SCRIPTS_FOR_YOU [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

well at that point i'm not running anything ubuntu based, i'll lifting up the glorious rock that is Debian.

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[–] ThisIsntMe123 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I can't see myself installing Level 5's though, and that's all I'm missing really. Level 5 says "Known compatibility issues" as in, I know this'll crash stuff. Maybe level 4's, but I can't see doing a level 5 really.

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