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Old 04-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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I'm trying to personlize this new Linux system I have.


I have recently been given a computer running Linux Ubuntu and I know virtually nothing about Linux except for what little bit Ive learned messing around with my android phones. I have had the computer for a few months now and have learned to do a few things like using the terminal emulator, wine, and a couple of other programs here. I dont know he codes to achieve what I want to do but I'm learning.

Now, to the point. I want to change the passwords to the whole system and the name in the upper right hand corner as well as the name in the prompt in the terminal. I've read there's a way to be the administrative root on this system but again I have no idea on how to begin doing this on this system. So, in summery I want to completely change to names, passwords, and everything about the system where it is mine and not the person's that gave it to me. Which, they gave me because they were a windows fan and didnt like Linux. I love it so far and don't think I will ever go back to the mainstream systems again. :-) Thank you in advance for your help.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Hi

Why not reinstall the complete system That way it will all be clean and all user will be you As well as root passwd
 
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
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Thank you spiky0011, however I'm not sure how to go about doing this and I already have stuff on it. I'm sure I can move all my stuff to my external drive and reinstall the games on here but also I dont have disks to do a reinstall and I'm not sure if there is a partition on it with the origional program on it or not.If you can help with this I will give it a try.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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Hi

You can download ubuntu here
http://linux.softpedia.com/progDownl...oad-87208.html
This is the latest version.

It might be an idea to post specs of machine
 
Old 04-10-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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The link above does not work
 
Old 04-10-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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Dose here
 
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:22 PM   #7
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Now what about all the software that is already on it? Is there any way to back up what I have already installed so that I can have the same stuff once I reinstall the program? Also, what is the code to run in the terminal and I can post what my system is and all.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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and just to let you know the link worked fine for me.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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Most of the software you will be able to get back for linux
Are the specs of the machine not on a sticker on it i,e ram processor

Code:
lspci
Code:
lsusb
will give other info
 
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:33 PM   #10
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The physical machine is an Acer but Im not sure what they replaced and did to the inside. I know that it doesnt have origional parts or programming because the friends brother did some work on it and was the one that put Linux on it. Again, I'm not sure what he has replaced or upgraded or anything.

Here is the output from the first code:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS690 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 3)
00:12.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 USB (OHCI0)
00:13.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 USB (OHCI1)
00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 USB (OHCI2)
00:13.3 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 USB (OHCI3)
00:13.4 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 USB (OHCI4)
00:13.5 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14)
00:14.1 IDE interface: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 IDE
00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS690 [Radeon X1200 Series]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 20)
03:00.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7130 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev 01)
03:01.0 Modem: Motorola SM56 Data Fax Modem (rev 04)
03:06.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)


Here is the output from the second code:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 058f:9360 Alcor Micro Corp. 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 04f3:01a4 Elan Microelectronics Corp. Wireless Keyboard
Bus 001 Device 017: ID 22b8:42d7 Motorola PCS

I hope this gives you the information you need.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #11
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Oh and as far as the software goes, Should I make a list then to make sure I know what all I have? From what I understand the brother installed some software that doesnt normally come on it but again I'm not sure because the system is new to me as well as the OS.
 
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I dont think you will have any trouble with that machine.

Yes make a note of the software you want, it will help replace it

Post the output of
Code:
uname -a
and
Code:
free
You might find this page usefull
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...desktop-latest
 
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I'd backup my files and re-install.

I've just tried to work out a strategy for changing the user name and password, renaming the home directory and altering its permissions, and altering the sudo permission. There are several commands to type and I'm not sure of the exact order! I certainly wouldn't attempt such a job without backing up my data.
 
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #14
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This is what I get from the first code:

lisa@lisa-pc:~$ uname -a
Linux lisa-pc 3.2.0-39-generic #62-Ubuntu SMP Thu Feb 28 00:28:53 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
lisa@lisa-pc:~$

This is from the second code:


total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 1793416 1718572 74844 0 201360 628100
-/+ buffers/cache: 889112 904304
Swap: 5778108 2052 5776056


Ok, well if need be I will do just this. Honestly I'd prefer to just get into it and change it rather than having to reinstall the whole system. Like on the command line in the terminal says Lisa, as you can see, and I want to change that as well as the rest of it.
 
Old 04-10-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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A reinstall will fix that, It would be quickest and easiest
 
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