LINUX newbie: Sorry for this long story, but I really would appreciate some insight.
I have an HP 960c printer. I use MEPIS 3.43. I had to configure something called CUPS (online) to get my printer to work. After looking online, I found some tutorials / how-to guides.
Eventually, I had to open a web browser (Firefox 1.5) and go to the following url to configure something called CUPS: http://localhost:631/admin
It asked for my user ID and password. I tried my "regular" user ID and password but it did not seem to work. Next, I typed "root" for my user ID and my root password for the password. I had instant access and set up everything. The printer works well now. However, I am nervous about having used my root password (online) to set up my printer via CUPS.
Recently, I found what appears to be a 2nd option (http://www.cups.org/articles.php?L237+I10+TMine+P1+Q
) that looks like it would work, but since I am very new at LINUX, I am afraid to try it (I have to create a group and add a line to some CUPS file)
My questions are:
1) Is my root password safe, since I had to go "online" to CUPS to configure my printer?
2) Should I have used the 2nd option instead?
3) Whether or not I should have used the 2nd option, could someone tell me the difference between what I did and the 2nd option?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to all replies!