Donncha O Caoimh wrote:
> Why bother running an OS that protects its' files from accidental user
> deletion when you use it as a super-user who can delete these files
> anyway. Makes no sense. Might as well use Windows..
> Making yourself a normal user forces you to be conscious of what you are
> doing in the filesystem because you can't do aything to the system
> directories without typing "su" and typing the root password any time
> you want to do something dangerous.
> It makes you feel a lot safer when you know you can do rm -fr / and only
> mess up your own files..
>> Also, if people see you're running as root on a site that's accessible
> from the Internet you'll more than likely be a target for cracking
> attempts or at least for packet sniffing.. *probably*
Not meaning to sound arrogant, but I believe that most experienced linux users
will be able to avoid doing anything too stupid - in two years of using linux,
I believe I have never munged my system as a result of typing a dangerous
command as root. As for people knowing that you're running route, switching off
fingerd and identd should make that impossible.
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