set up a root password

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Aug 5 17:24:32 UTC 2008

cliff weisgerber wrote:

> I have been a UN*X guru since the PDP days of Bell Labs and then Berkeley
> and then...and then linux.  My first experience with kubuntu left me
> wondering how to get root access, which is necessary. 

Root _access_ is necessary.  "su" isn't.

> I don't think it is 
> unwise to offer this info.  More like it is unwise to try to hide root
> access.  If folks blow their system up, so be it.  Hopefully, lesson
> learned.

Well, you're right.  You've just proved you're a Unix guru from the old
days.  Sometimes we learn over time.  Learning by blowing things up is not
the best method, but one that true geeks believe should be forced on

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