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Debian is one of the distributions that don't allow the root account to log on directly so you may be SOL. You could reinstall Debian and make sure that you make a user account during the installation.
I haven't installed Debian in about a year so I forget the details of the installation.
Last edited by stress_junkie; 09-03-2007 at 12:34 PM.
During the installation I did not get asked for a user name and password so I guess I must have missed that somewhere, so I guess I must re install again
I'm confused, are you using a Debian install, or an Ubuntu install? I've never done the Ubuntu network install but I've done the Debian one on several occasions, and it has always asked for a password.
ok it is almost ready but I did skip the swap file, DUH I am guessing it is ok and that I can make a swapfile once I am in linux,,,, please tell me I can
Yes you can if the disk has a partition for it. Let's say that you already partitioned the drive so that the third partition was intended for the swap partition. If you are using an IDE hard disk then the swap partition will show up in Linux as /dev/hda3. In that case you could open a terminal window and enter the following commands.
sudo mkswap /dev/hda3
sudo swapon /dev/hda3
After you do that once you don't have to do it again. Instead you would edit the /etc/fstab file to create a line like this.
/dev/hda3 swap swap defaults 1 1
That will tell Linux when it is starting that the /dev/hda3 partition is used for swapping and Linux will automatically mount that partition.
Last edited by stress_junkie; 09-03-2007 at 02:17 PM.