So far there is no graphical "chown" or "chgrp" that I could use in GUI mode. It is coming some day, right?
I understand that running as root in GUI starts processes that may pose a risk. The alternative of course is to log to virtual terminal and do rm -i or if it existed, mv -i
But, in GUI, the built-in sofware asks me if I want to merge, skip, and/or skip, overwrite.
I have read 17 screens of discussion about "Niaiserie" (French word for blah blah blah stupidity). Bugs are not normal, or desired, but when a design is released, there are times some unforeseen conditions that were not anticipated. That is why we have a version 2, or a version 2.a or even a version 3, 4, 5, until that software is considered legacy pure.
Fedora 19 will show great improvements in anaconda, in all the facets of installation. Be assured that there is ongoing work to polish the logic, to cover unforeseen situations, and of course, improvements in the software.
I value my opinion about Fedora well above the opinion expressed by Alan Cox. Fedora 18 past the installation is ROCK SOLID for 99.999% of what people use it for. (I do networking, writing encryption code, ERP and database, emails, browsing, writing with word processors, spreadsheet and programming in C, C++ and Qt). I will start teaching myself Python next. Does Fedora satisfy my needs? Definitely.
Here is how I will be helping. When the time comes, I will have set aside 2 disks for F19 testing. (2x$50 for two 500gig satas) One machine I reserved for 32bit systems, the other for 64bit systems.
Please stop complaining and instead, ask how you can help to improve Fedora, to report bugs or buglets (little bugs) and feel good that you were a contributor that made a difference.
In case you missed it, you can easily launch just the GUI programs you need as root and not have to face the other "dangers".
Let's say the file manager. You make a launcher for it too(to start gksu nautilus/nemo or kdesudo dolphin, nemo gives you an option to start/open folders as root IIRC and dolphin can get that too as a service). Saves you logging in and out, too.(Except if you only use the root account 0_o , but I doubt that)
Whein I run sudo nautilus or sudo nemo, nemo or nautilus has root privileges, and I am in /root I do not want to do so because I do not want to be in /root.
My only gui logon to root is to allow me to safely move or copy files, create, rename or delete directories, and after doing that, to get out of there. I use sudo su to change ownership of the files I moved or copied, (from user A to user B, and not A to root)
Since sudo su leaves me in the current directory, I complete the permissions and changes of ownership and groups in this session, and then i get out of there.
I learned in the discussions of hours of responding to the topic surrounding Alan Cox and his views. We waste energy discussing "WIP" (Work in Process).
I have done software engineering fo 40+ years and have common sense and experience, and know when and how to be super careful. For example, I do not do 16 consecutive hours of programming. I learned long long ago how error prone those last hours can be.
I am in Montreal Quebec Canada. GreatEmerald, where are you located?