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Some regular users can be given some root (aka administrative) powers via sudo. Ubuntu is an example of a distribution that gives such powers to regular users.
Anyway, in answer to your original question, to check if you're a member of the group adm, just run the "groups" command at the terminal. Also, to see how sudo is set up on your system, run the "visudo" command (of course, only root can run that command, so if you can run it, then you've got a lot of power).
The other thing you can do is see if you can install a program on your system. If you can, then you've got some administrative power.
Last edited by mark_alfred; 03-13-2012 at 12:23 AM.
Normally if sudo is setup and anybody in the group %wheel have full admin privileges.
Like if you are running CentOS or possible other RHET based Distros.
# yum -y install sudo
Edit the file and uncomment the wheel near the bottom of the page.
Add users to wheel group
# usermod username -a -G wheel
then you can use sudo like this
# sudo command
example: # sudo reboot
Like other said distros like ubuntu have sudo preset up. If you wanted to give a user full root privileges you can change all the system file permissions but I highly advise you not to as this will impose a huge security risk.