Some good tips and reminders in this thread, and good perspectives.
I'm kind of in the middle, like most probably are. I like the overall added security that Linux has, but much of the time, the default is overkill. I've used 8 different distros so I've seen a little variety.
For example, for recommended system updates, how many of you actually read through the list every time to make sure it's not trying to dupe you with malware? Personally, I may glance at it just for curiosity's sake, but not being a mega techy that's familiar with 5 billion different libraries and their potential downsides, I just click 'install', and roll with it.
My preference for system updates
would be to just have them handled automatically without a password.
For new software
, it makes the most sense to me to have a password request for any install outside
of a directly opened software/package manager. IOW, if I go through the menu and open up the manager directly
, I don't need a password. For anything else, such as downloads via the web or scripts, I would definitely want a password.
Here's one that's been annoying for me, and maybe someone can help me out with this one: ATI's administrative control panel. Honestly, the absolute last thing in this life
that I am worried about is someone breaking into my house, sitting down at my passworded Linux box, cracking in, and then proceeding to fiddle with my dual monitor settings! OMG, Noooo, look what they've done! They set monitor 1 to 800x600x16x72Hz, and fouled my gamma on monitor 2, shredded my saturation and everything is soooo green!
Why couldn't they have just stolen it instead?
I guess it's a good idea for a multi-user system, but in my case, it's just a hindrance.