How to change admin user for GUI?

Linda haniganwork at
Wed Nov 7 15:53:42 UTC 2012

On 11/06/2012 06:33 PM, NoOp wrote:
> On 11/06/2012 11:43 AM, Josef Wolf wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have installed ubuntu-12.4 for a friend. Since he is not a computer guy and
>> I will need to do the administration on this computer, the first admin account
>> I created was an account for me. Then I created a second admin account for
>> him. We can both use sudo to do the administration on command line.
>> Since he is not familiar with the command line, he is doing everything with
>> the GUI. But when he does anything that needs root permissions (e.g. update
>> the system), the GUI asks for _my_ password.
>> How can I change this setting so that _his_ PW is asked instead?
> In order to install updates & make system changes he must be a member of
> the adm group. You can do this by adding him to the group:
> $ sudo adduser <username> adm
> You can of course change him from a 'Standard' user to 'Administrator'
> using Settings|User Accounts.
> Ubuntu has, once again, dumbed down the desktop to accomodate the 'do a
> reinstall' folks... To get the old 'Users and Groups' application back:
> <>
> With that you can manage the groups & users directly via the gui without
> having to do a 'Standard' user to 'Administrator' without knowing what
> that actually changed.
As well as adding to adm group you need to add him to sudo
sudo adduser  <username> sudo

Then he should be able to install software etc


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