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Ubuntu: root password not set???

I yesterday installed a laptop with Ubuntu Linux and I noticed it never asked for a root password. I only created an user with a password and that's it. When I try to login as root, no matter what I try, I can't login. Is there a default password set by Ubuntu install? Is there some sort of bootdisk that allows me to reset the root password, like there is for Windows NT?


I may actually be insane.
It's disabled by default, to enable it pop open a console and "sudo passwd root" then use "sudo passwd -l root" to lock it again at any point.
Thanks :D But isn't this a enormous security breach? This means everyone with an useraccount on my laptop can change the root password, right? Or do they have to be a member of a specific user group? :confused:
Well, to me it isn't increasing security, it's annoying, I just want to login as root whenever I like and run programs and the lot. Maybe in a server environment this is nice, but not for me. I've just began to understand the world of linux and this requires me to learn the entire security model again. I don't want to do that, so for me it's back to Slackware Linux instead.
After more careful reading I must admit I was wrong. I thought you could only sudo <app name> to run an app, but now I see you can enable root access so I can login as usual, like you said SPeedY_B ;) :blush:
What the heck? I was trying to compile Samba3, and it didn't find a (g)cc compiler. Turns out there is none installed! What a stupid distro.
This distro sucks donkey ass! According to the package manager gcc is installed, but it's installed someplace I don't know where it is. Now I will most definately move over to Slackware, at least Slack got it's things straight and most stuff works out of the box.
actually the first user created is a sort of "Admin" and is added to the root group so only that user should be able to execute the sudo passwd root command

not that I am trying to defend it, I still dont really class Linux as being an operating system


I may actually be insane.
We were just talking about it on IRC...
16:09 <@[ninja]> Linux isnt an os
16:10 <@SPeedY_B> well it's not a birthday cake..
16:10 <@SPeedY_B> unless you're meaning that it's a kernel
16:11 <@[ninja]> no, I just dont consider Linux to be in anyway an operating system
16:12 <@[ninja]> its an educational toy that can be used to demonstrate how an operating system could be built, but its not a proper operating system in its own right
16:14 <@SPeedY_B> wouldn't say it's a toy
16:14 <@SPeedY_B> but it definitely needs more focus
16:14 <@SPeedY_B> as it is rather "all over the place" at the moment on the whole.
16:14 <@[ninja]> its not ready for any kind of production use, and its far too divided
16:15 <@SPeedY_B> that's what guys like fedora and ubuntu are trying to fix though.
16:15 <@SPeedY_B> bit too late i reckon, will take a long time to turn around what's already been done
16:15 <@[ninja]> yeah, in time it might become an operating system, but I dont yet think it is
16:16 <@[ninja]> and I dont think any of the current window managers are ready for any kind of mainstream desktop usage
16:16 <@SPeedY_B> which is why fedora etc use a bastardisation of kde/gnome/whateverelsetheybakeintoit
16:17 <@[ninja]> kde and gnome, neither are ready
16:17 <@[ninja]> bluecurve is worse
16:17 <@SPeedY_B> kde's functional, gnome is pretty.
16:17 <@SPeedY_B> they need to combine
16:18 <@[ninja]> I wouldnt say KDE has the kinds of functionality that people expect from a mature GUI system like windows or quartz
I'm sure more could of been said, but it wasn't an in-depth discussion :p


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Even more significantly, if root were enabled during install, the user would be required to forever remember the password they chose--even though they would rarely use it. Root passwords are often forgotten by users who are new to the Unix security model. (Matt Zimmerman)

For simple users like me :)


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Glaanieboy said:
But why can't I execute gcc and [s|n]mbd?

Because you need to open up their package manager, select what you want, hit install, and let apt-get do it's job.

Then you can execute snmbd and nmbd and gcc if you wish. I know it is a pain, but this Linux distro is for the standard user who wnats to surf the web, and check his mail, and edit a few documents.

So for us more technical people, it is not a distro of choice. It is a mandrake like system, but stripped down for ease of use even more. Contains just what standard people need, nothing more nothing less.
Hmm. So basically I would have to create a new user which I would use to login to Linux. The user I created suring install is a Power User of some sort with rights to sudo to root. Am I correct?

edit: This was in reply to zeke_mo
@the rest: I'll continue to play with it, I am too curious to pull it off again.

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