new to ubuntu; have a few questions

Josh Stegmaier josh.steggy at
Thu Nov 9 05:41:23 UTC 2006

Sorry that I can't really answer any other questions, but as number 4: you
can do this from the command line/terminal easily using sudo <command>. It
will ask you for your password; after you enter it, the command will be
executed as the super user.

If you want to be able to change
things as super user using the graphic interface, run "gksudo
nautilus" from the command line/terminal. A dialog will pop up asking
for your password, then it will open a file manager window with root
privledges. Just be careful! (That command assumes you're using
Ubuntu, which I imagine you are. In Xubuntu, the command would be
"gksudo thunar". In Kubuntu, I believe it would be "gksudo konqueror",
but I'm not sure.)

Welcome to Ubuntu and good luck!

On 11/8/06, Dwain Alford <dwain.alford at> wrote:
> greetings from upper alabama,
> i switched from windows 2000 to ubuntu 6.06.1 lts yesterday.  i like the
> feel, but i've got a few of questions.
> 1. when i ran the live cd i received the message "unable to locate rsdp".
> the os seemed to function ok; i really can't say properly, because i don't
> know what properly is at this time.
> 2. during start up with the lice cd i also received the message mount:
> function not implemented.
> the cd i imaged verified, but after install on the hdd i still get the 2
> messages.
> 3. i have another hdd installed where i will keep data.  i formatted it to
> extended 3.  the drive will not mount.  i get the following error messages:
> error: device /dev/hdb1 is not removable
> error: could not execute pmount
> 4. how do i allow myself full access to the computer to make changes, add
> and delete, move files, copy from one place to another and etc.?  this is a
> tad bit frustrating, but i welcome the linux plunge.
> 5. is there an open source pdf editor akin to acrobat (full version) and
> nitro pdf?  i need more than a viewer.
> finally, i have many more questions.  would someone be so kind as to point
> me to online references and book suggestions as i begin a new computer
> chapter with linux?
> cheers,
> dwain
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