Re: Microsoft Windows, will rule in the next 8 years in the marke t

  • From: Paul Drake <bdbafh@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: davidsharples@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 13:05:38 -0500


I liked the default configuration in an earlier version of SuSE Linux,
whereby if an X server was started up while running as root, the
background color was red and a skull and crossbones image was
displayed while the desktop was initialized.
It was a strong reminder that you were doing a Bad Thing.
Most utilities running in X (at least KDE, Gnome) will prompt for the
root password if it is needed. Now, this may be a possible exploit
vector for a future piece of Linux malware, but that least it gets
people out of the habit of logging on as root to run apps.

btw - I actually use the "runas" command in win32 to say make a
modification to a configuration file that is owned by the install
group which the dba group does not have change/write access.


On Tue, 1 Feb 2005 17:49:35 +0000, David Sharples
<davidsharples@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> thats a story in bad management, not a good OS.
> You know if you leave windows alone and do nothing do it, chances are
> it will stay up.
> I have never understodd the OS war, its just a tool to do your job.
> Use what you have an what you feel best working with.  leave others to
> do the same
> Whats good for you, isn't good for someone else.
> PLus i'd also like to see the security model of Linux when you think
> it will be on everyone desktops and people want to get into it.  I bet
> people will do everything as root if they had it on a desktop, which
> is the main reason windows people get done - by running as
> administrator all the time

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