root password setting unoffered at install

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Sun Nov 4 17:28:55 UTC 2007

On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 17:00:31 +0000
Chris Malton <chrism at> wrote:

> Ubuntu plays this funny game where *your* password is the root password 
> (no matter which user you log in as).

No, not just any user can use sudo - the user has to be in the "admin"
group, and only the first user is in that group by default.

Any additional sudoers must be added to the admin group to have full sudo
rights. They are not automatically added to that group.


Unix is hard to learn. The process of learning it is one of multiple 
small epiphanies. -- Neal Stephenson

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