I sometimes need to reboot a server that I'm logged into. In this case,
I got the wrong gnome-terminal tab by mistake and rebooted my laptop
instead, losing all my current work, which was an extremely suboptimal

I checked rebooting from another user when my first user logged in, and
it didn't let me do it - it told me the command to try, however, which
did require authentication. (Rebooting from the system menu didn't work
at all, it just silently failed, but that's another matter.)

I agree typing reboot into a terminal is not something that desktop
users typically do - in which case, why support it? Or at least why not
make the user confirm it's what they actually want before rebooting?

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  Non-root user can reboot machine from the command line

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