Fedora looks to increase Rawhide testing
Posted Mar 6, 2009 13:46 UTC (Fri) by Duncan
Parent article: Fedora looks to increase Rawhide testing
"you need to be able to rescue your system when booting fails.
I think you pretty much need to be an amateur sysadm."
[mode=homer] Doh! [/mode]
By very definition, people who are making decisions about what gets
installed and run-permissions on their system, etc, people touching system
config files, that is, not limited to editing their own preferences
in /home, are administering their system, that is, they are being system
administrators, aka sysadm.
Part of the problem with MS in fact was that they tried to pretend this
wasn't the case, that ordinary users, and more importantly, those with no
INTEREST in being anything but ordinary users, could handle the
responsibility of admining their systems. They tried to take shortcuts.
We /know/ where /that/ got us!
The Linux community has historically shied away from that, making fun
of and recommending against the distribs that didn't HIGHLY encourage
users to keep separate user and root accounts and configs, and to run as
ordinary users most of the time. There's absolutely nothing wrong with
being just a user, nor is there nothing wrong with not even WANTING the
responsibility of having to decide what's secure and safe to click on and
what's not, but such users need to be under the safe care and
administration of real system administrators, those who tho they may be
inexperienced and make mistakes once in awhile (we all start somewhere,
and surely, one of the marks of a good sysadmin is that they know they can
fat-finger things on occasion regardless of experience, but are prepared
and can recover when they do), at least CARE about security enough to
spend TIME learning what's safe to click and what's not, and when
adminning for others as well as one's self, how to setup permissions
appropriately to protect those who don't care and don't WANT to care,
about being more than users.
Now I'm reading that it's accepted that it's OK for people that aren't
sysadmins to, despite the definition, "admin" systems, , as long as they
are "stable"? Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!? Like it or not, by very
definition, people who admin systems are -- surprise -- sysadms! And the
sooner everyone quits pretending there's a way around it and starts
learning to live with it, the sooner sysadms themselves realize it and
either start paying attention to stuff like backups and security and
recovery-boot scenarios, or run screaming back to the relative safety of
normal userdom where someone /else/ takes that responsibility and makes
those decisions, the better off everyone, the entire community, the entire
Internet, the entire WORLD, is.
Isn't that something the Linux and larger FLOSS community has been
telling the MSs of the world all along? Now it looks like we need to do a
bit more telling our own, the Red Hats and Fedoras of the world, the same
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