[oclug] Re: I donated money to OCLUG ...
oclug_mail at strosberg.com
Sat Sep 17 06:09:13 EDT 2005
James Isaac wrote:
> Ubuntu put GRUB in a really secure spot on the drive.
> Low end MS-DOS cannot fdisk Ubuntu away,
> to set up a dual boot system.
YOu can use DOS fdisk to remove Grub if you wish - the option is fdisk
/mbr. The mbr (master boot record) is wiped with this option. Earlier
versions of DOS used /fixmbr instead of /mbr.
> There has been much too much thought and effort put into the sudo stuff for
> me to call it deviant.
> Downright strange is my best choice of description,
> until I find an advantage to it.
The advantage of sudo is controlled, fine grained access control to
superuser or administrative functionality. To a Windows person this
seems completely foreign - as everybody is administrator all the time.
Think of it this way - in Windows every user of your system (kids,
significant other, neighour's kids) has the complete ability to do
things that can destroy your system and render it a large paperweight.
In Linux, by limiting administrative access you can have any number of
users that can use the system with no ability to destroy it.
The next time some user lets spyware be installed on your Windows box by
just surfing to a site, you should understand that if they were using
Linux, it could not happen - administrative access to infect the system
can be restricted (and usually is) so that users can safely operate the
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