we do no longer have lisp machines. but we do have javascript machines.

The software sudo is useful to give users the right to execute commands that otherwise need higher permissions. Ubuntu does not even have a root-account anymore that you can login into, you need to run sudo (maybe in combination with su) to gain root privileges.

Besides that, the manpage for the sudoers-file (the file configuring sudo), is one of the worst manpages I know, introducing EBNF and giving an EBNF-Grammar - well, not quite, there are manpages not giving any information at all, or even confusing more than giving clarity. But from the manpages giving correct information, this has a chance to be the worst.

Since one has to use visudo or sudoedit anyway to edit the /etc/sudoers, it would be nice to have an intuitive GUI for doing this. Something in which one can add users to executables that they may run, etc.

I wonder if there is such an UI already - on Ubuntu, I did not find anything like that yes, but maybe SuSE or RedHat has one. In any case, it would be a nice thing to have.