baba wrote: I like to use the root login when I am setting up or making major mods to a system. I like to do it through GUI, easier, faster, less prone to errors.
And what happens if you do an accidental drag & drop operation???
Do you think the system will ask you "Are you sure?". Hint: It won't. It will do as you said. Being logged in as 'root' into a GUI simply gives you too much power. And I am saying this as UNIX admin
baba wrote: I get tired of continually entering my password.
And you think reinstalling your system because you just managed to hose it is less tiring?
I am talking out of my own experience here. When I started with Linux in 1996 did people warn me not to login into GUI as 'root'? Yes they did. Did I listen? No, I didn't. I was one of those noobs who learned the hard way.
You are of course more than welcome to repeat my stupid mistakes. So please, continue to login into your GUI as 'root'. Why not open a file manager or two? Sure, go ahead. Click around. You are 'root', you are *GOD*. Nothing will stop you. *NOTHING*. And then when something silly happens (e.g. accidental drag & drop over all the wrong places ... or accidental change of all the file permissions in a really critical location?
) you will remember this thread ... just as I remember those postings people sent me back in 1996 where they warned me not to go into GUI as 'root'.
As I said ... some people prefer to learn the hard way. I must know, I was one of those
baba wrote: The reason I am migrating to Linux from M$ is I am fed up with being constrained as to how I want to use my system.
Nothing is constraining you here. As 'root' you enjoy infinite powers and you may hose your system whatever way you wish
baba wrote: I am an "expert" user
Not on Linux yet
baba wrote: but getting there.
Maybe in 2-3 years. I started with Linux in 1996 but until 1998 I considered myself a "noob". Now it's 2007, I got like 10 years of UNIX work experience, and even now I learn a few new things. For there are always greater people than oneself.
baba wrote: As an expert, I can tell you the best defense for protecting yourself from screwups is BACKUPS, not lockouts.
See above. root's powers are infinite. Nothing will stop you from doing seriously bad things if you wish to. So sometimes it's a good idea to have some minimum constraints that will force you to think "Hmmm, what do I need to achieve here and do I really really need to be 'root' for this?" ... Because once you're 'root' there is nothing that will stop you from doing anything.