> Why so many people are so raged at others using root for their E-mail?
>Usually I do not do it but I know lots of people do. I do not think it is an
>insult to other people, why would it be anyway. If a person uses root to login
>all the time, he has the responsibility to manage the system as well. As long
>as it is his machine, he has all the right to do whatever he wants on his
>machine. If some bad thing happened, he also will be responsible for it. So I
>just do not understand why lots of people think it is such a big thing.
a) If you send a mail as root, your name doesn't appear in the "From:"
b) It's not OK to flame somebody because he uses the root account for
normal use. However, a friendly reminder that it's a bad idea is in order.
c) Using root for every day things like reading/sending mail is a bad
idea because you risk damage to your system, and we care about other
linux users :-)
d) If not-so-clueful users use root (as it is mostly the case), and*
their systems, they usually blame the OS. Since we, linux users and
advocates don't like that to happen, we suggest them not to do it.
e) Every manual on linux installation, every tutorial or doc on system
administration, tells in the first 5 pages that using the root account
for normal use is *evil*. So, using it shows that the user didn't read
the docs or (heresy! :-) did read them and didn't follow the advice.
So, reminding that use of root is evil, we are encouraging him to read and
follow the docs.
That's some of the reasons. I'm sure others can come up with more.
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