Okay, I know what you're getting at, but I'm not talking about daily use. I haven't logged in as root since I posted this message, and I may not log in as root for another hundred million billion quadrillion years. My point is a philisophical one: I want the damn thing ENABLED even if I never use it, because that's the way I
want it, and I don't give a damn what all them little electrons buzzing around the microcircuitry think about it.
I'm cantankerous, so there!
P.S: by the way, why include root / administrator accounts in shipped product at all, if no end user is ever supposed to use it at all at any time and any place under any circumstances? Why not rip it out of the system before it leaves the developer's or vendor's hot little hands?
P.P.S: It seems like you think I've got nuclear secrets on my hard drive or something, that ain't the case. Be that as it may, I live behind a couple of firewalls and I'm monitoring for malware (yeah, I know, old WindBlows habits), so I ain't too worried about online hackers (and when I did log in as root, I was offline). Even if the computer gets stolen, the thief is still going to have to generate some passwords or hack the system to get an auto logon to get anywhere, and if he or she knows enuf to be able to do that, then he or she would also know how to enable a root login even if I did have it turned off, easy way would be to just boot up with a live CD and get to work. However, typical thieves are usually young punks who are just looking for hardware to fence. The real hackers (in the bad sense of the word) try to do all their pilfering from the safety of their own homes, I would imagine.
So now you know why I stated in the original post "please don't tell me why I shouldn't log in as root", I KNOW ALREADY. It's risky. So is getting out of bed in the morning. Or not getting out of bed, a plane might crash thru your bedroom ceiling while you're asleep. Everything is a risk, calculated or otherwise. I don't need you to hold my hand anymore, Mommy.