In the installation guide, running "linuxconf" is explained
from running both as root and non-root.
If you run as non-root, you are supposed to be able to enter
the root password to start.
Unfortunately running as non-root is not possible; the
linuxconf binary itself has far too restrictive permissions!
A discrepancy between documentation and reality like this is
_not_ good for newbies.
Finally note that the "run as non-root then enter root
password" mode may be disabled for (very valid) security
I have verified this to be true. Running linuxconf as a normal user as
stated by the User's Guide fails complaining of permission denied. A
list in of the linuxconf binary produces
-rwx------ 1 root root 789024 Oct 12 linuxconf
This is an intentional attempt on our part to avoid security holes.
I will report this to the documentation department.