Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Torvalds blasts openSUSE, security policies

Filed under
SUSE

It's not often Linux creator Linus Torvalds makes a public statement about one of the distros he's using. But when he does, it's a doozy.

Yesterday on Google Plus, Torvalds posted a brief scourge aimed at the developers of the openSUSE distro, which apparently Torvalds runs on one of his personal laptops.

Or, at least he did.

Torvalds raised the issue of the security policy for that particular distro to request an administrative password at times Torvalds felt was unnecessary.

Rest here




understandable frustration, but openSuSE isn't the worst for it

Yeah, as an openSuSE user I see his point, although I keep getting asked for my root password on openSuSE then Fedora when I tried that (guess it depends what your doing for when you notice)

I do agree with his comments, but you can configure the distro to enable these things without the root password for trusted users (point is I suppose this shouldn't require so much effort)

tbh, can just as easily setup sudo on the distro, but again this can be said for 90%+ of linux machines I'm sure

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Debian and Devuan News

Gaming News

today's howtos

Security Leftovers

  • Samba flaw opens Linux systems to remote exploit

    A vulnerability in Samba, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, can be exploited remotely to gain access to Linux machines that have port 445 exposed.

  • UK cyber chief says directors are devolving responsibility for hacks {sic} [iophk: "a step towards banning Microsoft, yet the article closes with Microsoft talking points"]

    Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said it is unacceptable for boards to plead ignorance about the threat from cyber attacks.

  • Ransomware and the Internet of Things

    But it is a system that's going to fail in the "Internet of things": everyday devices like smart speakers, household appliances, toys, lighting systems, even cars, that are connected to the web. Many of the embedded networked systems in these devices that will pervade our lives don't have engineering teams on hand to write patches and may well last far longer than the companies that are supposed to keep the software safe from criminals. Some of them don't even have the ability to be patched.

    Fast forward five to 10 years, and the world is going to be filled with literally tens of billions of devices that hackers can attack. We're going to see ransomware against our cars. Our digital video recorders and web cameras will be taken over by botnets. The data that these devices collect about us will be stolen and used to commit fraud. And we're not going to be able to secure these devices.

  • Kodi 17.3 Security Update Patches Infamous Subtitle Hack, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Crash
    The second stable point release of the major Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center was launched the other day, on May 24, 2017, but it was missing some binary add-ons, so Martijn Kaijser announced today Kodi 17.3.
  • Samba vulnerability brings WannaCry fears to Linux/Unix