mrappe wrote:Thanks for the concern but I just unlocked it and set the password. i will probably lock the account back until I feel like using it (the account) again but since it is my own machine I don't care to have Microsoft or some Linux committee telling me what I can or cannot or should not do with my own system especially since I was on Tymnet and the Arpanet before most of them were born. I am not pointing the finger ant any one here but just the trend of treating everyone as if they are incapable of being responsible for their own decisions. Just like the instructions for my electric drill that has 300 pages of warnings on not to take a bath with it a 1 page on how to use it. For most users it is probably a good thing not to automatically enable the root account but it is silly to pretend it does not exist.
You're looking at it the wrong way. You see it as someone trying to tell you how to use your machine. You should be looking at it as someone showing you a better way. When you unlocked your root account you made your system more vulnerable, that's what happens when a person thinks he knows everything and refuses to listen to others. I know your root account username so all I have to do is guess the password for that account and I'm in. On the other hand you know the username for my root account but mine is locked so even if you guessed the correct password you couldn't log in. There is no reason to log into the root account because everything you need to do can be done using sudo from a user account. If there is no need to log into the root account, why leave it vulnerable by leaving it unlocked?
Being on this planet longer than someone else means absolutely nothing if your mind isn't open and willing to learn from others regardless of their age.
Linux user/coder/themer since 2001.