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LUA part 4 (of 5): Changes in Windows Vista/7 - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal

Jan. 19th, 2010

03:39 am - LUA part 4 (of 5): Changes in Windows Vista/7

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Date:January 19th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I suspect the default of no root access, but instead the option to put users on the sudoers list, only applies to *nixes aimed at desktop use.

On FreeBSD, at least the last time I checked, sudo isn't on the base system, probably because anything you do with a server will need to be done as root anyway. If you use FreeBSD as a desktop OS, you can either install and set up sudo (which is genuinely trivial) or just su root in a terminal and do your rooty thing. I never came across, nor can I imagine, a situation on FreeBSD in which root privileges would be necessary in an environment beyond the command line, so just grabbing a terminal when needed was quick and convenient. (Window managers get lonely if there isn't a terminal open, you know.)

I must admit that, under *buntu's new regime, I am a bit irritated by having to prepend all my administrative commands with sudo, or type in my password whenever a graphical administrative tool brings up its sudo window. A single su root and a hard-wired paranoid reaction to a prompt ending in # is much more convenient. But admittedly slightly less secure, so I accept the added keystrokes, however grudgingly. :)

I'm getting the impression that Vista's UAC complaints were due to users being asked to give their authorisation for a lot of things, a lot of the time. (Not just when they want to install something or change a system setting, as we *nix users are used to and expect.) That, quite frankly, would piss me off immensely, and were I in that situation, I'd complain loudly too - and then turn UAC off, because the added security isn't worth the considerable irritation.
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