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Who 03-04-2009 03:27 PM

Make being root more obvious (scary)
 
I am sending this again without the attachment to avoid
ubuntu-desktop's file size limit. Please see
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for the attachment I discuss. Sorry to those on the art list who will
see this twice.

Original Message:

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Hi all,

in XFCE, Thunar and Mousepad do a nice trick of having a red box when
you're running the app as superuser to warn you that bad things could
happen.

I really like this, I think it makes it really clear that you need to
watch out. I tried some ways to replicate it on Ubuntu/GNOME. I came
up with a solution that gives a really clear clue to the user that
doesn't require any apps to be modified (see the screenshot). It is
this:

Create or choose a read icon and gtk theme, place those in the .icons
and .themes directory in /root, and then make that theme have the same
name as the icon and gtk themes being used by the user - obviously
when a user changes their theme this will be lost, but many people
don't change their theme (arguable those who do don't need such cues)
and there might be a way to adapt it to make it more flexible...

Here is a screenshot to demonstrate what I'm talking about... Nothing
says 'beware' like red folder icons, right?
In that screenshot you can also see the way red bar in Thunar.

What do people think - worth pursuing?

Who

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Who 03-04-2009 04:04 PM

Make being root more obvious (scary)
 
On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM, Ryan Prior <ryanprior@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 10:19 AM, Who <mailforwho@googlemail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Here is a screenshot to demonstrate what I'm talking about... Nothing
>> says 'beware' like red folder icons, right?
>> In that screenshot you can also see the way red bar in Thunar.
>>
>> What do people think - worth pursuing?
>
> I definitely think that it is. Have you written a blueprint for this?
> Otherwise, that is where we should start. Once the blueprint is done, we can
> milestone it for Karmic, solicit opinions (especially from people on Planet
> Ubuntu who can share thoughts with their readership) and get 'er done.
>

Here is a blueprint
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu-drupal/+spec/warning-themes-under-sudo

Does anyone have ideas on who to assign it to, etc?

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