Spacedog wrote:Imagine I sell old Granny Smith a shiny new laptop with Linux Mint on it. All good, apart from previously she would just use her Windows PC, now she has to have an extra password. I try and keep things as simple and usable as possible, so I disable as passwords as far as possible. She doesn't want or need them.
A friend comes to visit and wants to show her a new piece of software. He goes to download it and it asks for her password. She enters her e-mail password and it doesn't work. Of course I've told her what the Linux password is but it is written in a book full of old passwords interspersed with scribbled notes on how to write files to a CD in windows. In my book this is complete usability failure. I would never want to risk leaving a customer in this situation, therefore I couldn't in good conscience install Linux for her.
I don't get the example. You want to login without passwords? Enable automatic login. You want to install software without passwords? Configure sudo appropriately. Boom! Done. No more passwords.
So yes if you want to do Linux Mint installs where users are never asked for their password, you can.
You should read up on the sudoers manpage first, but in short: run the command `sudo visudo` to edit the sudoers file (never edit it another way!) and add a line at the end like "Defaults:USER_NAME !authenticate" (or for a non-admin user "USER_NAME ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL") where you replace USER_NAME
with the username you want to remove password prompt for. Or use %GROUP_NAME in place of USER_NAME, to remove password prompt for all users in group GROUP_NAME
. The manpage covers it in more detail.
Spacedog wrote:My Windows PC has no password, it works fine. Neither does my phone, it's great too. I use them both for online banking and accessing the cloud all the time. Its more risky I'm sure, but that is my risk to take and I haven't had a problem yet.
With a sample size of 1 these statistics are meaningless
Just because you don't want passwords doesn't mean nobody wants them. There are plenty of examples of why one would want a password. Mum and dad would want a password protected account on the family PC, so their home administration files and such can't be accidentally deleted by the kids. Or so the kids can't install or remove software on their own. And so on.
You'll understand that Linux Mint comes with passwords enabled by default. But you have the option of disabling that.