Last week's article about Lindows
some comment. Even though the article stated, "It goes without
saying that LindowsOS does not prevent security conscious users from
setting up user accounts and passwords.
", the perception exists that
LindowsOS runs everything as root. That may have been true in version 1.0,
but it is not true now.
The following story, subtitled Lindows saves the vacation is a true
story, told to me by LWN co-founder Elizabeth Coolbaugh (Liz). Liz was
going on a vacation with both her mother and her daughter. Three
generations embarking on a trip to meet relatives in Europe. The night
before she planned to leave there was a power outage in Liz's
neighborhood. Since she was already packed she took her daughter and
headed to her parents house early. Only when she arrived she realized that
an email with vital information was still on the mail server and had not
been printed or copied.
Lindows to the rescue. Liz's father had just bought a brand new Lindows
computer. He had usernames set up on the system because during setup he
was told to do so. He set up a username for Liz and used Click-and-Run to
find and install OpenSSH. Liz got to the mail server and found the email
and the information contained therein.
So I, like most of you, have never run Lindows, but I do have it on good
authority that setting up usernames and not running everything as root is
the default behaviour for the current product.
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