Re: Squeeze and root in graphical mode
On Sun, 03 Jul 2011 18:06:55 +0100, Lisi wrote:
> On Sunday 03 July 2011 17:32:19 Camaleón wrote:
>> I was one of those newbies that sometimes logged as root when I was
>> giving my first steps in Linux. I remember in that time (2003, KDE
>> 3.2.x, IIRC) there was a background image¹ for root login with bright
>> red and plenty of bombs. Yes, bombs, for the user to understand the
>> risk of having that session open :-)
>> Nowadays, KDE and also GNOME discourage using root GUI sessions but it
>> still possible to get them.
> That bomb screen was, I think, special to SuSE (with which I also
> started. But I didn't use it for long because I couldn't stand YaST).
<mode go-opensuse-go on>
YaST is one of the best tools an admin (and a user) can find! And now is
</mode go-opensuse-go off>
> And yes, I too logged in as root in those days. But only because I had
> no idea at that stage what else to do for anything that needed root
He, he... me also :-P
> I *think* that it is Debian, not KDE, that won't key you log in to a GUI
> session as root. There certainly was a phase when Debian wouldn't and
> PPLinuxOS, also with KDE, would. (No, I didn't make a habit of logging
> in as root. I tried once, and logged out again immediately - it wasn't
> just the cat who was killed by curiosity!)
I don't think so.
KDE disabled root logins by default in KDM since some time ago, while
GNOME (GDM) was still allowing it (not sure is that's remains true by
now). And I speak here for no specific distro, this has been happenning
in other distributions as well. But distributions are changing/revisiting
their default settings every year...