[Mageia-discuss] beta2 woes and no graphical root (tonyb)

TJ andrewsfarm at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 15:22:36 CEST 2012

On 04/13/2012 06:26 AM, Frank Griffin wrote:
> On 04/12/2012 11:36 PM, R James wrote:
>> What I"m about to tell you may destroy all of Linux or it may provide
>> just
>> the convenience you need:
>> # sed -i 's/user != root//' /etc/pam.d/kdm
>> # sed -i 's/AllowRootLogin=false/AllowRootLogin=true/'\
>> /var/lib/mageia/kde4-profiles/Default/share/config/kdm/kdmrc
>> # service dm restart
> Wasn't the contention of the OP that someone had patched KDM so that
> keyword would be ignored no matter what you set it to ?
Exactly. And where I get annoyed in this whole conversation is not that 
I want to log in as root - I haven't even tried to do that in years. But 
the option has been there, should I feel I need it and am prepared to 
accept the consequences of my actions. This latest move has removed that 
option - according to the OP - and THAT'S what annoys me.

Mr. Pedersen maintains that I probably don't know what all of those 
possible consequences are, and that I could easily not be the only one 
affected by them. And even if I do know all of them, there are plenty of 
irresponsibles who don't, and we have to protect ourselves from those 
types. And he has a point.

There are plenty of examples in other areas. While I may mistakenly 
believe I have the skills to use a mobile communications device while 
driving and may even be able to get away with it if I do it sparingly, 
99.999% don't have those skills (or luck), so it is illegal in most 
areas to protect the rest of us. And there are several cases where 
carriers of a disease unwittingly spread that disease without it 
affecting them, and these days when one is found he or she is removed 
from society before more damage can be done.

So I understand what he's saying. But it still annoys me when one of my 
options is taken away by the heavy hand of the powerful. It's possible 
for the powerful to abuse that power, go too far with it, and take away 
too much.


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