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Re: [opensuse] Re: Suse 12.2 battles and victories
On 10/24/2012 01:43 AM, JtWdyP wrote:
It would appear that on Oct 23, Jim Sabatke did say:

-> Then I tried Ubuntu; what a huge mistake. It worked great with the network,
-> but it's an incredible PITA with loading software and security is a disaster;
-> any user can su with their own password. I was looking for a solution where
-> my girlfriend couldn't add things she didn't understand where harmful, and
-> there is no good reason she should know.

Don't get me wrong Jim, you made the right decision when you picked OpenSuSE
over Ubuntu... But the "any user can su with own password" issue is easily
resolved by editing the /etc/sudoers config file (with visudo) you can stop the
own password garbage by first creating a root password. (Which on Ubuntu is

$ sudo passwd root
I actually spent quite a bit of time looking that issue up, and everything I read on Ubuntu support sites talked pretty loudly about how they made a conscious decision to let everyone "sudo". I'm sure you have more accurate information, but with the other Ubuntu problems, including getting NFS to work, I just didn't want much more to do with it. They make it very easy to have a Windows like machine that is comfortable for the users, but I was not happy with the circles I had to run in to get software. It was probably just being a Suse user for over 20 years, but I have grown to know what to expect from Suse and I have a pretty good idea of how to get software and help.


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