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Distribution: gentoo from stage3 with 2.6.7 development kernel
I am much sorry, but i must tell you you are DOOMED. ALWAYS ALWAYS remember your root pasword. I never forgot it, and i realy think the only way is reinstalling or restoring. I think you can restore your root password with the CDs. I am not shure.
No solution for you. But do you have a normal user account? From your post I understand you only have a root account? That's not a good idea cause you'll be majorly screwed if you catch a virus or are hacked cause they have full permissions.
As far as giving out this kind of info, if a person has physical access to the computer, then there is not alot anyone can do about it. Pysical access = owned. Yes there are things that can and should be done to secure your box. You know your system better than anyone else. Take the appropriate action(s)
Hey, as a last resort he could always reinstall from the Mandrake CDs, and choose NOT to format the partition where /home is mounted (i.e. format only the root partition). This will leave all the personal files intact - you'll have to reinstall any software you subsequently installed though.
If you are using GRUB, boot and hit escape at the graphical boot screen, it will take you to a shell, type in singleuser and boot. Hopefully you didn't password protect GRUB with the forgotten password.