Removing KDE Menu Items
A familiar recommendation is not to run X as root. Usually reasonable advice except in a home network sometimes running X as root is the easiest or fastest way to get something done. Itinerant preachers and purists can scream all they want. Life is not black and white.
A common reason for not running X as root is exposing the desktop to bad people on the web. For most people that means a web browser or more specifically all internet tools. Evading those options reduces the presumed risks of using X as root.
In the house network, configuring the root desktop in KDE is much the same as other desktop environments. A big bold yellow warning message is splattered on the desktop and the
Internet menu is removed. Removing the menu item requires but a few steps.
mkdir -p /root/.local/share/desktop-directories
cp /usr/share/desktop-directories/kf5-internet.directory /root/.local/share/desktop-directories/
- In the file
cp /etc/kde/xdg/menus/kf5-applications.menu /root/.config/menus/
In the file
/root/.config/menus/kf5-applications.menu search for:
Prior to that line add the following:
The same steps can be used for other menus items, such as games.
This menu trick does not prevent a knowledgeable or determined user from running certain tools as root. Like locks on a door, the trick keeps conscientious users out of trouble and that is all.
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