NetInfo more like YP than the registry
just ask all the hardcore Unix users who have tried
to change their OS X settings using configuration files in
/etc, only to find all their changes ignored. Apple's Unix-
likeoperating system uses NetInfo, for a configuration
datastore, something more akin to the Windows registry
we all know and hate.
You must really hate YP, which has been a
part of every *nix since Sun invented it in the 80s.
NetInfo is an exact analog to YP, but without the bad
In the same way that YP uses a set of /etc files as its
source for information, so does NetInfo. It's just that
unlike YP you can also edit a NI data store in place.
As for the disabled root account, so what? Just use
'sudo'. The fact that you can't by default log in as root is
meaningless, and actually improves security quite a bit.
The number one security problem with Windows is that
damn near everyone logs in as an Administrator. This is
more or less necessary if you're going to do anything
non-trivial with the machine? Why? Because unlike OS
X, Windows has no convenient facilities to temporarily
'up-shift' to root. But this was a Linux screed, so I
There has been too much bad journalism in the
technical press of late - people writing bad reviews
about systems they don't fully understand. The present
article is but a symptom of the disease.