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    Question Root Problem

    Hi, im VERY new to linux in general and i am having a problem with root.
    I can execute a command using the sudo command but when i use su and type my password it says authentication failed. Any ideas?

    thanks in advance

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    Most likely you need to set a root password

    type sudo passwd root , enter your user password and then the new root password twice.

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    Yes, learn the linux basics.

    To use BT without any or very limited knowledge about linux is not the best idea. There is nothing wrong with starting from where you are at. Everyone been there. Most of the time you still learn something new no matter how long you've been working with it.

    The reason why you shouldn't start with BT as your first Linux distro is, that it is not as easy to use and userfriendly. Go with Ubuntu as your main system for a month or two. Learn to use the commandline and try to achieve changes you want to make via the commandline instead of the GUIs. Read up on which files you need to edit in order to achieve it. Learn how the permissions are working under Linux and so on.

    Come back and ask if you have questions
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    if you start your laptop.. login with your user befor you type "startx" type in the shell:
    sudo su (give a password)
    after type "passwd" and give the same password...then login and test it..



    ozzy

    EDIT: ups yes.... sorry archangel.amael

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzy66 View Post
    if you start your laptop.. login with your user befor you type "startx" type in the shell:
    sudo su (give a password)
    after type "password" and give the same password...then login and test it..
    ozzy
    Uhhh what ?
    Did you basically try to say the same thing as the first response ?
    To be successful here you should read all of the following.
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    Failure to do so will probably get your threads deleted or worse.

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    Default Thanks

    That helped alot and worked, i have ubuntu installed on every machine so im trying to learn command line and linux in general. This distro looked interesting and just wanted to try it out.

    Thanks

    Morpheous

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