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Surun alternative for Linux
discs #1
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Subject: Surun alternative for Linux
Hi,

I have been using Surun for years, first with Win XP and now with Windows 7. A great thank you from my heart :-).

Recently, I have been actively trying out some Linux distributions - currently I have settled on openSUSE.

But I really miss Surun. In Windows with Surun, when I need to start a program as an Administrator I click 'Start as Administrator' and I am taken to a Safe Desktop where I click 'OK'; no need to enter my secure long password many many times through the day.

In Linux I don't mind entering a password when I am doing complex stuff at the terminal. But in openSUSE I use graphical Yast for systems management a lot; also I use the GUI file manager as Administrator (Root) a lot to edit config and other files. In these cases and for other applications I am required to enter my long password each time.

Does anyone know of a program for Linux, like Surun, which would enable me to 'Start as Administrator' from a safe desktop without having to enter a password each time?

Thank you.
Kay (Administrator) #2
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In any Linux you can configure sudo to not use a password but...

AFAIK Linux does not have such thing as "safe desktop" built in.
All processes share the same window manager session.
Any Process can emulate Input to each other Process.
So not asking for a password is just not safe. (asking for one is not "safer" anyway)

The only safe linux I know is cubes OS but I did not dare to try it out yet (because of my lack of spare time paired to my curiosity).
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Hi Kay,

Thank you for your considered reply - and the link to Qubes OS.

Vow, Linux is some insecure desktop system; worse than Windows in some ways for Desktop security! http://theinvisiblethings.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/linux-sec…

So my eyes have been opened a bit. Since I have no intention of ending up in a uniform Windows 10 world, I will make time to look into Qubes OS for my use of Linux.

Thanks again  :-) .
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You're welcome :)
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