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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
One of the most famous Linux debates on the internet is over Ubuntu's security model of using sudo to administrate a machine and disabling the traditional root login via su. For many experienced Linux and unix sysadmins, such behavior is strange and foreign, and many people change sudo on Ubuntu to behave like "normal." I, on the other hand, have gradually come to believe that not only is the Ubuntu way good, it is actually better! In this post I'll attemp to explain why. You can read the long-winded official explanation of why Ubuntu uses sudo, but I'll attempt to summarize. Basically, there are two main benefits to the Ubuntu sudo model that I see:
1. Disabling the root account entirely provides an extra layer of security from remote hackers.
2. Using sudo adds an extra layer of abstraction in the security model.