centartech wrote:A program/web page/os shouldn't be telling me what my password has to be. I can decide on my own what I want my password to be. If I want my password super simple there is probably a reason. Example: Setting up a laptop for my 7yo to do schoolwork on.
I picked Zorin because it looked like it ran somewhat like Windows which would make it simple for my son to use since he knows windows well enough to get around. I don't want to get up every morning just to input a password and I also don't want to put one in every time he gets distracted and lets the computer fall asleep. I can turn of the sleep function but I prefer having it on so it isn't just running nonstop. I can't even put in his name as a mix of letters and numbers because it tells me it is a common word. (See Attachment)
I know I can go into Terminal and run $ passwd and change it by force (Which is what I had to do) but this shouldn't have to be done. If there is a setting to change the password it shouldn't limit what the password is. This is something that should be changed or if I can't decide what my password is just don't give the option to change it. I know it was set up that way for the "Standard user" but simply letting them know they have a weak password should be enough the requirement just seems insulting as though they are too stupid to decide what their password is.
This really is one of the first shocks to people who are used to Windows when they try out a Linux Distro: That Linux is built more secure.
I did not actually open Swarfendors link to see what it is, I just bumbled in and started writing a post... But I assume it is a link explaining how to set up automatic login.
IF it's not then: There is such a thing as automatic login.
Instead, I would like to focus on the first statement: Security.
Anything installing to root requires a password. Same as Android on ARM, actually, but unlike droid, with Linux you have full access and control over root right off the bat. And while the droid has an assigned auto-login, you can have that here; Windows has neither. Installing toa windows machine can by done by anyone at any time from anywhere. I don't really need to go into detail as to what that means.
This layer of security ensuring User Control Only is often a shock to users unfamiliar with it and is also one of Linux's strongest points.
Passwords can be made simple. I have one that is just hitting the enter key and another that is two letters only. These machines do not connect to the net so...
BUT I do recall changing one once instead of using the one I set up at installation and the Ubuntu PW changer gave me much more strict PW requirements that the installation set up did not... I never did that again...
My son enters his own on an as needed basis. I taught him how it works and explained how a user can mess up root. He nodded his head and put his earbuds back in.
Over the course of nine months, he has messed up root:
Over the course of nine months, I have messed up root:
Probably about fifty times...