root on ubuntu

Jan Groenewald jan at
Fri Sep 17 12:26:20 UTC 2004


I've just downloaded ubuntu, and installed it. 

It is nice to have a new debian-like installer which works with
new hardware.

I normally avoid desktop environments, but this gnome2.8 runs real
fast, amazing...

My question: I read somewhere (I forget where) that the root user is
disabled on ubuntu. How disabled? Perhaps that answer will answer the
next question: how do I enable it? Or, am I supposed to use sudo? etc.

Jan Groenewald (Computer Officer)
AIMS - African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
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