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r/linux: Is desktop Linux completely missing the point when it comes to security today?

And so I remembered something I’ve considered many times before regarding root and security in Linux (but also other operating systems): I actually don’t care about root access.

Sure, it would be annoying to reinstall my system if a program were to mess with the system files. But the only thing I really care about are my personal files. And ANY program I run could read all my files (privacy, and other secrets) and encrypt or simply destroy them all. That is what I care about – and there is no security for this at all – but instead I’m being pestered about root access, which really doesn’t matter to me. I might also care about access to my camera, or what programs are talking to the internet, etc.

Authorization (from xkcd.com)

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