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Old 11-01-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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what accounts are built in on Linux OS


I am confused about built in accounts, is administrator and guest accounts built in or is just the root built in. I'm talking about out of the box installations.
 
Old 11-01-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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At installation there is the root account. Most installers also create a "normal user" account at the same time.
The priviledges automatically given to that "normal" account vary from distro to distro, but can always be changed by the root user, or the normal user if they have suitable sudo priviledges.
A "guest account" might be one you create with very limited priviledges (can't use the colour printer, or access files in a "shared" directory, for example), for an untrusted guest to use.
An "administrator account" usually refers to a normal account which can access (all or some) system commands with sudo
 
Old 11-01-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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After your fresh installation you will have to make/create other user accounts.
Guest accounts are not built in.

Your Administrative account with elevated privileges (root) is what you set during your install.
As far as out of the box is concerned--
The regular user account is separate from root.(provided you created a user during the install)

http://tldp.org/LDP/lame/LAME/linux-...-accounts.html
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/...tion-in-linux/

The Practical Guide To Fedora And RHEL is a very good book, I recommend it for you to have on hand.
http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guid.../dp/0133477436

Here's the PDF-
http://gegeek.com/documents/eBooks/A...%20Edition.pdf
 
Old 11-01-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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Usually there are a bunch of system accounts that are created for various daemons and services; looking in /etc/passwd will give a list. However, these accounts aren't meant for actual human users to log into. They usually don't even have a valid shell. However, they do exist.
 
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Old 11-01-2014, 02:50 PM   #5
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Usually there are a bunch of system accounts that are created for various daemons and services; looking in /etc/passwd will give a list. However, these accounts aren't meant for actual human users to log into. They usually don't even have a valid shell. However, they do exist.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:10 PM   #6
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Some distros, such as Ubuntu and its derivatives, ask you to create only a user account at time of installation and hide the root account (it's fairly simple to re-enable root if you wish to do so). For administrative tasks, they enable the first user (assumed to be the installing user) to use the sudo command to execute administrative tasks.
 
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:47 PM   #7
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Do you now have a better understanding of accounts?
 
  


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