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shawn wilson at
Tue Nov 2 19:09:55 GMT 2010

i personally disagree with most of the points on that page. however, since i
spent my first five years or so in linux logged in as root (even in x) maybe
it is a good idea to start off with root disabled and escalate as necessary.

that said, you learn a hell of a lot when you break a system that you've
been working with for a few years and are forced to make it work from the
ground up.

... but, this is getting off topic, so i'll jusst leave it at 'maybe you're

On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:

> shawn wilson wrote:
> > However, if ctrl+alt+f1 works and you can login there, do:
> > sudo passwd    # set root password
> Why? Usually there is no real benefit if you set a root password. If you
> need a root shell, you can use e.g.
> sudo su
> instead. While some prefer to have a root password, I wouldn't suggest
> it unless someone asks how to do it. BTW: Here is some background about
> root password versus sudo: <>
> Nils
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