Fedora 12 to remove unprivileged package installation
Posted Nov 20, 2009 16:47 UTC (Fri) by drag
In reply to: Fedora 12 to remove unprivileged package installation
Parent article: Fedora 12 to remove unprivileged package installation
> Still haven't seen a use case that would have been difficult/impossible to implement with
"sudo". Why the wheel reinvention?
The use case is "Being able to perform daily desktop activities without granting access to the root
account". That's all. Like I said people are trying to make this too complicated or something. I don't
The one use case that most people are probably using now and don't give a shit about is the ability to
cameras and USB devices on their desktops. I haven't heard anybody screaming about this for a long
time.. not since it was initially introduced and they mistakenly setup the policy for Gnome users to
automount any volume and not just removable media.
That's traditionally root-only action that eliminated a big reason for using sudo on the desktop and
increased the usability of the Linux desktop in a huge way. No root
and no user password prompt. This goes for cdroms, usb keys, cameras, and other things. Would it
make sense to deny the users this feature if they are not members of wheel and go back to
requiring them to use sudo if they were members?
The ability to perform that action is configurable through policykit and users can decide the automount
policy through configuring apps residing entirely in their user account. Administrators can configure all
of this through the policykit/sabayon type stuff combined with other *kit things.
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