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Old 05-09-2005, 06:43 PM   #1
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root login in Knoppix


Hello,
I am very new to Linux. I am trying to connect Linux to the internet using AOL (don't make fun of me ). To do that I need to login as root, and I don't know how to do that.
Thanks,
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:12 PM   #2
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You can't ...
HOWERVER :)
Try
sudo su -


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Old 05-09-2005, 07:28 PM   #3
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what is sudo su - ?
 
Old 05-09-2005, 07:38 PM   #4
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What Tinkster is saying is one AOL is not going to work under Linux... Not that I know of anyway...and if it would even be worth the trouble.

su refers to "super user" and Knoppix does not have an su password. To login as root open a Terminal from the menu and type:

su <enter>

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Quote:
Originally posted by kencaz
What Tinkster is saying is one AOL is not going to work under Linux... Not that I know of anyway...and if it would even be worth the trouble.
Sorry ... misinterpreted.

Here's a little snippet from the Knoppix FAQ for you:
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Q: What is the root password?

A: There is none; all passwords are locked by default. You can set it by going Knoppix Menu->Root Shell and typing "passwd", then enterting a root password, also there are several sections you can read dealing with this subject in KNOPPIX/README_Security.txt. You can also type "sudo su" or "sudo -s" in any console window, or use <ctr>-<alt>-F2 to get at the text console with already opened root shell.

Apparently, however, in some versions of Knoppix, if you type 'sudo -s', it will ask for a password. If you simply press return without entering anything, it will tell you 'Authentication Failed."
The difference between
"sudo su" and "sudo su -" in this scenario would be
that the latter gives you the full environment settings of
the root account.



Cheers,
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Old 05-09-2005, 08:17 PM   #6
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Now why in the world would anyone want to connect to the internet as root? Do you leave the keys to your front door hanging from the door knob..
 
Old 05-09-2005, 08:35 PM   #7
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Well, I guess if your connecting to the Internet on a LiveCD it would not matter much.

Actually connecting to Internet using Knoppix or other LiveCD is very secure in that everything is on a temporary partition, so when you reboot there is nothing strored such as history files, visited internet sites, CC number entries.

If I was going to do something mischievous online I would use a Live Distro...

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Old 05-09-2005, 09:15 PM   #8
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So if you can't use AOL to connect to the internet, how would you connect to the internet with dial-up?
 
Old 05-09-2005, 09:39 PM   #9
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I stand corrected. I guess you could use something like "PengAOL", however, the setup does not look to be the easiest thing...
http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/LinuxTutorialAOL.html

Other then AOL and maybe some other Proprietary "Content Providers" most ISP's allow simple configuration for connecting through Linux, using software like KPPP. Don't look for their "Help Desk" to assist you though. Most wont give you the time of day if your using Linux.

Try the PengAOL, but if your on Knoppix Live CD it will be hard to install unless it is available through "Kilk"

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