Had a discussion the other day wid a Mint user, Rob was his handle, and we were on a betanews comment section. I had mentioned Chrome OS only has one password requirement, at the Welcome Login window, and no annoying “Authenticate” popups or other Pesky Passwords after that. Rob said “I don’t get annoying password prompts in Mint.” Almost all Linux “normal people” users falsely claim that, or claim they never noticed, or are just too stupid to know what their OS is doing (which is why they need ‘Password Dependent‘ OSes).

Well, I know Mint a lot better than he does, and replied he may bypass the password at the Welcome Login window, but he gets plenty of annoying “Authenticate” popups or other Pesky Passwords when he gets to the desktop. Rob was just confused, and finally claimed he liked the password so that “a family member can’t just hop on and delete stuff they shouldn’t be deleting.”

I said I understood, and left it at that. However, if he knew OSes better, he would’ve picked a Linux OS that offered at least a root login, and left the Welcome Login window sorta ‘Standing Guard‘ against family members deleting his desktop ‘Stuff‘. That way, he could also have a ‘Root User‘ section without the annoying “Authenticate” popups or other Pesky Passwords disrupting his workflow, and a Welcome Login window with a root login option that would be ‘Standing Guard‘ against family members. AlmaLinux, and a few others understand this simple User Friendly option that most Desktop/Laptop users want.

Ubuntu ‘n Ubuntu-based Linux Mint 20.3

Whilst in a discussion wid Rob, I had downloaded ‘n installed the Linux Mint 20.3 linuxmint-20.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso @ 2.09 GB’s, in case I needed some more facts to give Rob.

I had lost faith in Linux Mint a couple of years ago, and can’t stand their ‘Prima Donna‘ Clement Lefebvre who lies, insults, whines, ‘n blames kids if they expose his lack of security in Mint.

Ubuntu ‘n most Ubuntu-based Distros are the worst at forcing annoying “Authenticate” popups or other Pesky Passwords onto Linux users. When I see this in a new Linux OS I am starting to test:

I usually stop testing it right then. There is no option for an “administrator” password.

Examples of ‘annoying “Authenticate” popups

Since I had already installed Linux Mint 20.3, during discussions wid Rob, I decided to give it a quick test for annoyances. One of the first ‘Thangs I do to tweak a new Linux installation is to add System Settings to the panel, then switch primary mouse buttons. Second, I usually remove the “Show desktop” from the panel:

That’s when the Linux ‘Nanny‘ showed up:

Had to move to Microsoft Hyper-V in order to grab that Confirm screenshot – “Are you sure you want to remove ‘Show desktop’? Geez…yeah, I knew more were coming, and I wanted that screenshot to lead ‘Da Parade of approaching annoying “Authenticate” popups.

Next, I had gotten this notification right after booting into new OS:

Launched Driver Manager ‘n got this:

  • Fuk!?! Put down the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard ‘n type in the ‘Pesky Password‘. Talk about workflow ‘Killers‘!!! OK…now leave the keyboard ‘n go back to the mouse.

Next, I see an update notification on the lower right:

Close up:

OK ‘n looking good:

Welcome to Update Manager…then:

Update Manager is already old on the new Linux Mint 20.3:

  • Fuk!?! Put down the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard ‘n type in the ‘Pesky Password‘. Talk about workflow ‘Killers‘!!! OK…now leave the keyboard ‘n go back to the mouse.

OK, finally ready to install a list of updates…hit Install Updates:

  • Fuk!?! Put down the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard ‘n type in the ‘Pesky Password‘. Talk about workflow ‘Killers‘!!! OK…now leave the keyboard ‘n go back to the mouse.

People actually use this Linux ‘Nanny‘ workflow stopping crap!?!

OK…update finally done. What’s next?! Oh yeah, GParted:

  • Fuk!?! Put down the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard ‘n type in the ‘Pesky Password‘. Talk about workflow ‘Killers‘!!! OK…now leave the keyboard ‘n go back to the mouse.

That’s just adding a new app thru Software Manager, and it wants a password!?!

Problem is I use GParted a lot, and every time I open it from now on I’ll get this:

Notice it says to run GParted “as root” you need the password. In the ‘Root‘ section you don’t get this crap.

OK…next, I like GIMP, so will add that app:

  • Fuk, for GIMP to!?! Put down the mouse ‘n move to the keyboard ‘n type in the ‘Pesky Password‘. Talk about workflow ‘Killers‘!!! OK…now leave the keyboard ‘n go back to the mouse.

That’s it…let the ‘Password Dependent’ Linux OS users deal wid the Linux ‘Nanny‘!

Conclusion

I use Linux a lot, as a secondary OS, but none of the ones I use are the annoying “Authenticate” popups or other Pesky Passwords types like Linux Mint 20.3 has proven to be here.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!