Assigning privileges with sudo and PolicyKit

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Article from Issue 146/2013
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If you give users who are usually supervised more scope to help themselves, they will need additional privileges. The sudo tool and the PolicyKit authorization service can control who does what on Linux.

For admins, it would be a relief if regular users were able to handle minor management tasks, such as updating software, themselves. The only problem is that apt‑get requires administrative privileges, and you would not typically want to grant those to a regular user. Fortunately, admins can work with sudo or the PolicyKit authorization service to allow specific actions in a targeted way.

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