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The 10 Commandments for New Linux Users

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  • I never understood the fuss over logging in as root. You can do exactly as much damage with sudo and su, especially since the password is cached for a few minutes on most systems anyway. It's just slightly less convenient.

    I think a better rule would be: always set the TMOUT environmental variable in root's bash profile.
    • I think logging in as root is fine, as long as you do what you need to do as root and then log out. Those commandments are for new users - mostly desktop users. I don't think it's a good idea to do your day to day tasks as root.

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