problems with resolution settings and sudo

Magnus Therning magnus at
Thu Jul 14 14:34:29 CDT 2005

On Thu, Jul 14, 2005 at 12:53:28PM +0100, Paul Sladen wrote:
>On Thu, 14 Jul 2005, saum wrote:
>Hello Saum,
>>can anyone tell me how to log into the UBUNTU 5.04 as root, i am
>>unable to log in as root.
>Run commands with 'sudo', a la:
>  sudo pico /etc/config_file
>  sudo apt-get install ...
>and enter your own password when asked.  See the documentation at:

Given how often that question comes up it might be worth looking into
ways of preventing it. A page on the Wiki doesn't seem to be enough.
Possible solutions:

 - Default background picture that contains, in large letters, the text
   "Wan't root? Use 'sudo'! See"
 - On first login of admin user throw up a browser that displays

 - On first login of admin user throw up yelp with a page describing, in
   detail, how to use sudo.

 - On install don't progress to the stage where the system is rebooted
   into the freshly installed system until the person installing has
   completed a few multiple choice questions, possibly also a short
   essay, on the root/sudo topic.


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