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I dont know about you guys, but I dont like logging into linux in anything else but the root account. I mean, you can do anything you want with out having to faff on with the sudo command and having FC5 tell you your not on the sudoers list. At this very moment, I am in FC5 on the root account. I find it alot more comfortable knowing that I can do what ever I want with out the computer telling me I cant. I am also updating my system with Yum (who came up with that?! Theyre a genius!) because as my account Alan wouldnt let me.
It's been the same with all of my Linux distro's; i detest not being root. That's one of the things that drove me mad about Ubuntu. There isnt a true root account, which I think is stupid. As handy as it may be for someone who wants a cheap system for under £400 with ubuntu and all they want to do is go on the net, fine but I want the POWAH!!

Sorry about that, Just a little rant to keep me going.
Any thoughts and opinons?

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No power by just scratching the surface... need root for power

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when using fedora core I always just logon as root for the reasons you mentioned.

I'm using Suse at the moment which lets you do enough without root to make it useable....plus if you use the kdesu command to run programs as root you can remember the password for the duration of your logged on session...... meaning you only have to enter the password once and can then keep using the kdesu command to open as root but it wont keep prompting for authentication.....but you need to authenticate at first for each app you want to run as root
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
That's one of the things that drove me mad about Ubuntu. There isnt a true root account, which I think is stupid.
You could just run:
sudo passwd

and set a password for/"activate" the root account.


It's generally considered a bad idea to be root for normal desktop usage, anyway. If you're using an insecure program, you're opening your entire machine up to attack. If you make a mistake, you have the potential to cause a lot of damage.
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