Spacedog wrote:WinterTroubles wrote:Speaking seriously for a moment, I think you may be under the impression that if a customer forgot their password then you, as a repair provider, would be locked out. This simply isn't true unless they have an encrypted hard drive, using a 'live' version from a disc or USB you would still be able to access the root file system an effect the repair.
No that isn't it. My concern is customers being asked for a password when they wanted to try something new, like trying to install a software package on their own.
Neil Edmond wrote:@Spacedog...I think what you are looking for is Puppy Linux. It is designed to be extremely user friendly, to a fault, in that the normal user always has root privilges. Most Linux users consider that to be irresponsible and dangerous, ...
sudo passwd -d <user>
austin.texas wrote:You can eliminate sudo and gksudo password requests like this.
Open a terminal and enter the command -
Enter this one line in the text file -
(edit for username)
username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
Save the text file in /etc/sudoers.d/ with name casper
You will get no password requests when running sudo or gksudo. You will however get a password request when running -pkexec commands, such as the synaptic-pkexec command in the menu. But you can edit that and change it to gksudo synaptic - then it works with no password.
Spacedog wrote:I'm afraid I got lost like a true newbie following this.
gksudo gedit in a terminal does nothing but go to the next line, there is no editor to save the next bit in? Does username refer to the user in question's username or the word username?
Spacedog wrote:I guess the philosophical issue I have is the user already has a password for things like email and cloud, this should be enough in a well designed system.
Spacedog wrote:The point I am trying to make it is may not be the user who is trying to do some admin task, it may be their son, daughter, or a friend.
wanderer7 wrote:Spacedog wrote:I guess the philosophical issue I have is the user already has a password for things like email and cloud, this should be enough in a well designed system.Spacedog wrote:The point I am trying to make it is may not be the user who is trying to do some admin task, it may be their son, daughter, or a friend.
I guess I'll never convince you that it's OK to have more than 2 passwords and that it's not normal when anyone can do admin tasks in your computer.
Anyway, I understand that you (or the users you're working with) might not like passwords, that's fine. There are windows users, who have only one - administrator account, without a password, click "yes" on all pop-up windows, have UAC disabled because "it's annoying", don't have antivirus as it "slows down the pc", don't make updates because "it requires restarts", they use the same password for all their online accounts and the password is either "password" or "12345678". And that's fine.
But you posted this in the "Ideas" section of the forum, so I have to reply - I don't like the idea of passwordless GNU/Linux. This is absolutely unacceptable for me. GNU/Linux has its own niche. Maybe it's not easy to use, but it's secure. If Mint ever tries to mimic windows and copy microsoft's philosophy, it will be the end for this distro.
It's like an antarctic penguin trying to act like an african spoonbill. There are other OS-es that excel at carelessness, it's not what GNU/Linux should be like.
Previous1 wrote:A password isn't so secure when typed too often. One simple reason is you stop paying attention.
BTW: KeePass is an invaluable tool if you don't like having too many passwords. Especially if you have close to a hundred like me, lol.
Spacedog wrote:The password is always, and I mean always, going to be 1234. How is that more secure? It may as well not be there.
So what if Granny can go tinkering with the innards, if the system is properly set up to do what she wants in the first place she won't ever be interested in doing that.
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