If you’re a regular reader of Karmi’s opinionated Linux blog you surely have noticed his obsession with passwords, respectively his hate of them. Same happened in his latest blogstory about Zorin OS:
Karmi’s almost right in his conclusion but somehow misses the point:
Great little OS, but too bad they don’t offer an opt out of the annoying “Authenticate” popups ‘n ‘Pesky Passwords’.
Get rid of the Enterprise OS mentality if you want normal Desktop/laptop users, i.e. “normal people” as Linus Torvalds describes them.
The even simpler fact is that the majority of desktop users, the normal people, won’t even have to deal a great lot with typing in their passwords at all. Because we don’t fuck about in the system, we work with it. I had to type in my password a couple times after installation, when I made the system pretty and added user software to it n stuff. And now, since weeks and months I didn’t have any instance that forced me to authenticate. Ok, the updates demand my express permission and authentication but that’s normal, don’t you think?
That’s the difference between geeks and users, between men and women. We ladies often treat our computers like household appliances, like toaster ovens and washing machines. That often leads to fukked up stupidity and helpless dependence but otoh are many of the perceived computer problems self-made by stuntmanny geek guys.
Orca always tried to find a balance. She treats her machines like toasters but when something goes toppsy turvy she knows how to help herself. And, most importantly, she doesn’t suffer nonsense OSes like Zorin. 😐