sysadmins [was: Brilliant and very useful for FreeBSD, IMHO]

Johnson David DavidJohnson at
Wed Apr 9 10:34:54 PDT 2003

On Wednesday 09 April 2003 05:01 am, Terry Lambert wrote:

> FWIW: It's possible to do the same administrative division on
> Windows XP; I have to wonder why you haven't done it.  I suspect
> that it's because it's politically impossible, and the executive
> users wouldn't stand for not having the admin password on their
> machines, or being able to install the newest "Flash" plugin
> when some web site demands it.

It is politically impossible. At some basic level, the user still needs 
to be in control of their environment. With UNIX you can still install 
software in your home directory. I do this at work all the time. But 
under Windows it seems to be an either-or proposition. I understand 
that it's possible to give the user a "home" directory with install 
permissions uner NT/XP, but it never seems to work in practice.

When the CEO can't install a driver for his new PDA (true story) then 
the admins had better enable him to do so or get someone to do it for 
him pronto.


More information about the freebsd-advocacy mailing list