I just answered another beginners question about "Cannot write.......check permissions".
Of course I know how to use chown/chmod; I'm working with command line anyway. But the average consumer does not.
So what should I tell people without any GNU/Linux-experience?
Work as root? I know for example Nemo has functionality "open as root". But just no! I do not think it is a good idea for an average user. It's far to dangerous. Then the user creates file in root-file-manager and wonders why he cannot delete or modify this file. And so on.
Tell him to learn how to use chown/chmod? And here we are - nerd-only-linux where everything is so complicated. That's the way we do things; but it's no good option for the average consumer.
Why doesn't the file-manager help?
I hate to say this, but look how Windows handles this. Default are user-permission. And if the file-manager needs more - it just asks the user.
This can't be hard to implement. If an operation fails with permission exception - try executing with gksudo.
And yes: I'm really inexperienced with the whole Open-Source-World.
- Are there any reasons this isn't done this way
- Did anyone implement something like that?
- Is this something you report as a bug (Ubuntu or e.g. Gnome)?
- Is this something I just could try to implement myself?