Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Linspire boss says running as root is OK

In this interview Mike Robertson, head honcho at Linspire , says that running everything as root is ok.

Robertson says, "I defy anybody to tell me why is it more secure to not run as root. Nobody really has a good answer. They say 'oh, yeah, it is!', but it really isn't. Here's why: What's the most important thing on your desktop? It's the data. If someone gets access to your libraries or whatever, who cares? Your data is the most precious thing on your computer. And whether you log in as root or log in as user, you have access to that data, technically anyone who's compromising your account has access to your data as well."

Needless to say this provoked a flurry of responses on Slashdot