Assigning ROOT a password. WAS: Re: Graphical Display Managers

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Apr 28 14:04:45 UTC 2008

Michael wrote:

> Michael Leone wrote:
>> Assign root a password, and then you should be able to log in as root.
>> It's your machine - if you want to run it that way, do so. Just because
>> Kubuntu doesn't provide one by default, doesn't mean you can't (or
>> shouldn't) do what works best for your own situation.
>> I always provide a root password, as the first thing I do on an Ubuntu
>> install, as I prefer to be able to login as root, or su to root, as I
>> feel I need to, to manage my machine as I see best. My choice, of course.
> I didn't know this was possible!  One of my biggest (actually, probably
> my only) peeve about K/Ubuntu is not having a ROOT account.  I forget
> the logic that used to make this decision.  In any case, if I remember
> correctly, it had something to do with ease of transition for Windows
> users.  I always thought that was a load of b*llsh*t 'cause even Windows
> has ADMIN accounts.

It was NEVER about Windows users.  It's simply more secure to not have a
known superuser account, and to use sudo for privileged operations.

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