Is there a way to prevent Gnome from asking for password so often? I don't see what purpose they serve.
- When putting the laptop to sleep and waking it back up, it's almost always in my control the whole time. I'd like to not have to log in again unless I explicitly Lock the Screen (Ctrl-Alt-L).
- When Update Manager tells me there's something new, why ask for the sudo password? I'm already logged in as the main user. If there's malicious code, I'm just as in trouble if it runs as my user as if it runs as root. Requiring password for software that touches /usr/bin but not asking for password when it messes with ~/ seems arbitrary.
I know it's not as bad as User Account Control (UAC) in Vista, but it still kind of ticks me off every morning. I'm using Ubuntu Lucid / Gnome 2.30.2.