Re: question/suggestion

 I am not sure I understand everything. But there are already 3 ways of 
doing these:

 One is su/sudo. You could "enhance" those to accept stuff like 
root@machine2. There is also ssh, pam and the list goes on. Pam is the 
best imo, since it allows for just about anything.

 Making a capplet that gives you access to adminstration stuff on another 
machine is trivial with python for instance. If you really want one, tell me.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original Message <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

On 8/6/00, 3:40:26 PM, Andrew Oliver <> wrote 
regarding question/suggestion:

> I have a question that I guess is more of a
> suggestion.

> Would it be possible for gnome to have a bit more
> sophisticated user context manager?  Currently
> whomever you were logged in as is who you are.
> Desired capabilities are:

> 1. Ability to open windows with different
> context/context managers

> 2. Cross-machine context.

> The first, to me, (though I'm only starting to start
> to get involved in the Gnome project), seems possible
> (though I'm wondering if there isn't a philosophical
> reason it isn't there).  I think that this would be
> useful for four different kinds of users: -> people
> installing things (similar to redhats update agent, on
> init the window would ask "please give me xx's
> password"), developers (>2 X's loaded on different
> virtual machines I think would bring my SCSI PIII-500
> 512MB down ) and how many times have you needed to
> test something under a context that you're not running
> under, yes you can kick it off from a xterm but that
> depends on what you're testing!, administrators,
> newbies who have no idea what Unix is but just
> switched and have their security so screwed up they'll
> never find their head from their *** (converts from
> windoze).

> 2. Mainly this would help administrators.  I for one
> HATE installing X on a real server!  Secondly I loathe
> installing X on a firewall/router type server.  It
> WOULD be nice however to somehow run software against
> that machine.  (such as any of the gui apache stuff,
> firewall admin stuff, network admin stuff [I hate
> editing all those files]), I know there is linux conf
> web (no I've never gotten it to work very well), but
> it would be nice to just open a capplet or
> control-panel or whatever under root@linux1 (from
> linux2) providing the appropriate password than have
> to edit text files.  there are lots of people trying
> to solve similar problems with more complex tools
> (CIM, etc) but this to me seems the most practical
> approach.

> -ACO

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