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Linux has a reputation for robustness but there are still plenty of ways to damage a perfectly working system.

Here we share some of the ways you can trash Linux so you don't make the same mistakes we did.

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I like number 4, cause it has been discussed here, how some will blindly follow a guide on the internet, or running scripts from the net and really don't know all that it is doing.
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Thanks for those.

They missed one of the more dangerous ones, though - how easy it is to get root access without a password if you know how to hit seven keys...
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Thanks for those.

They missed one of the more dangerous ones, though - how easy it is to get root access without a password if you know how to hit seven keys...
I'm curious now...what 7 keys?
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
I'm curious now...what 7 keys?
Code:
sudo sh
Results in root terminal access, no password required (at least none of the distros I've tried out recently have required you to enter a root password for it)...

It's one of the reasons I detest sudo. Security horror waiting to happen.

edit: Spotted your raptor 'Rage' avatar... quite amusing.
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I actually disagree with 8 and 12. Arch Linux is a prime example of how bleeding edge software can be run with minimal problems. And people completely over blow on pulseaudio. All it is: Install pulseaudio along with plugins, change some very simple text to get plugins to recognize it... and thats it.
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if sudo is setup correctly it will ask for your password, unless you or your distro setup sudo not to ask for password for say some one who is in the wheel group.

i just tried it out on my beta of 11.10 ubuntu, and it ask for the password like i figured it would.

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I actually disagree with 8 and 12. Arch Linux is a prime example of how bleeding edge software can be run with minimal problems. And people completely over blow on pulseaudio. All it is: Install pulseaudio along with plugins, change some very simple text to get plugins to recognize it... and thats it.
then you been fortunate on the bleeding edge not breaking your install yet.
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My favorite would be sudo rm -rf /
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My favorite would be sudo rm -rf /
Code:
transhour@transhour-VirtualBox:/media/websites$ sudo rm -rf /
rm: it is dangerous to operate recursively on `/'
rm: use --no-preserve-root to override this failsafe
seems like its been "covered", not sure about other distro's, but ubuntu doesn't let you make a noob move like that, well at least not without another step.
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Quote:
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if sudo is setup correctly it will ask for your password, unless you or your distro setup sudo not to ask for password for say some one who is in the wheel group.
Indeed. If it's been set up right.

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i just tried it out on my beta of 11.10 ubuntu, and it ask for the password like i figured it would.
11.04 doesn't - or didn't, when I tested it in a VM. From listening to one of the sysadmins at work, earlier Ubuntu's didn't by default either... and give that Ubuntu tries to be the 'easy' linux...
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