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if it is a multiuser computer and you run root all the time it may be bad, but i think it is a personal desktop/laptop, root isnt all that bad ...
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    if it is a multiuser computer and you run root all the time it may be bad, but i think it is a personal desktop/laptop, root isnt all that bad in terms of its function
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    I do agree that it is better to stay logged out of root most of the time, but I do have to have root previliges most of the time because I am still building my system...

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    I usually keep a root console open, whether I'm on command line or desktop. I don't use it unless I have to, I just keep it open because it's convenient. If you're using root all the time, it's pretty stupid and your own fault when you screw something up that's a pain to fix or you get hacked or something of the sort. Some people need this to happen to them to figure it out. Note that connecting to the internet as root is about as insecure as connecting to the internet in Windows (I mean without firewalls and all, but they only help a limited amount when you're root...)

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    Budman7 wrote:
    I've noticed that most of the people that run as root regularly are experienced users.


    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/topic-2975.html

    I also wrote that Newbs should not be logged in as root.

    If you look at those posts you will see that it is the experienced users who are logged in as root. But, even some of the experienced users don't log in as root.

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    come to think of it, if you are logged in as root sometimes and you are not quite sure what exactly it is your looking at (personal experiance with this forcing a reinstall of my system) you can damage your system and you have to do a reinstall, but yes sometimes being root takes some knowladge and responsibility. Other times though, if you know commands and tools, being logged in as root saves typing in a password.
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