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    Default logging into a KDE, Gnome, etc as root

    someone, somewhere needs to write a BIG NOTE that can't be missed by the
    new folks (or old folks) streaming in from that operating system that
    starts with a big W or M.....something like:

    NEVER EVER log into KDE, Gnome, or any other graphical user interface or
    window manager or desktop environment as root...

    ALWAYS log in as a normal user and then use the super powers of root via
    YaST, Personal Settings, terminal, sudo, kdesu . . .

    and give some good reasons/dangers/pitfalls/etc...

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    Default Re: logging into a KDE, Gnome, etc as root

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD
    someone, somewhere needs to write a BIG NOTE that can't
    be missed by the new folks (or old folks) streaming in from that
    operating system that starts with a big W or M.....something like:

    NEVER EVER log into KDE, Gnome, or any other graphical user interface
    or window manager or desktop environment as root...

    ALWAYS log in as a normal user and then use the super powers of root
    via YaST, Personal Settings, terminal, sudo, kdesu . . .

    and give some good reasons/dangers/pitfalls/etc...
    Come join me at the brick wall, I've reserved a place for you... (oh
    don't forget a good supply of beer!)

    Honestly, they will do it no matter what. It won't be until the screw
    up or get owned because the left a root window open overnight that they
    will learn. Then you say, well get your backup out.... you do have a
    backup don't you?

    Having come from a Teleco Network Management background, most changes
    have to be tested, re tested, backed up, before you can even start to
    make changes etc and we still screw up at times, there is also the
    blessing of having redundant servers

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    Default Re: logging into a KDE, Gnome, etc as root

    > Come join me at the brick wall, I've reserved a place for you... (oh
    > don't forget a good supply of beer!)


    it is just that i've seen it over and over in this (web) forum that old
    "Windows experts" come here and successfully install and then a month
    later are already giving back to open source by answering the brand new
    "n00b's" questions with stuff like "log in as root and open the control
    center" or, what was it i saw? oh some guy was having problems with kde
    (or ??) and the 'expert' told him something like "it is real easy to fix
    just run 'rm -r *' and then the next time ya boot all the configs will
    be rebuilt"

    that is, what would you call it? a disaster waiting to happen.

    Tuborg or Carlsberg ok with you?

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    Default Re: logging into a KDE, Gnome, etc as root

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD

    > Come join me at the brick wall, I've reserved a place for you... (oh
    > don't forget a good supply of beer!)


    it is just that i've seen it over and over in this (web) forum that old
    "Windows experts" come here and successfully install and then a month
    later are already giving back to open source by answering the brand new
    "n00b's" questions with stuff like "log in as root and open the control
    center" or, what was it i saw? oh some guy was having problems with kde
    (or ??) and the 'expert' told him something like "it is real easy to
    fix just run 'rm -r *' and then the next time ya boot all the configs
    will be rebuilt"

    that is, what would you call it? a disaster waiting to happen.

    Tuborg or Carlsberg ok with you?
    Very true, just need to forget where you are and who you are and one
    borked system..... sigh oh well we live and learn

    Hmmm, been a long time since I had a Tuborg I'm sure that will help
    with the headache lol

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