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Gee, aren't I the lucky one?
For Christmas, I get a Acer Aspire one AOA110 with Linux software, and at first, I couldn't get the battery to work, so eventually I talked with an Acer rep, and he helped me get the BIOS downloaded, so now I can use my net book with it unplugged without shutting off.
Now, how ever I have 2 problems to contend with, certain sites require me to update my Mozilla Fire Fox web browser, so ok, I do that, now it's telling me that in order to do this, I need to be the administrator. Well, the guy who sold it to my parents said it was new, I'm finding out different.
So if any body knows how to get by the administrator or get rid of it, it would be much appreciated.
Here are some things you might want to add so others can answer your question better.
-What version of Linux came with the Laptop, (Ubuntu, OpenSuse, etc)
-Where did you buy the computer at. Craig's list, Flea Market, some guy on the street?
-Is there a way you can contact that guy?
-Did any documentation come with the computer?
If it turns out not to be new you might want to consider getting a new copy of the same version of Linux and reinstalling it. For example if it is Ubuntu then download the latest Ubuntu (9.10) It is very easy to install. That way you can make sure there is nothing on your computer, like root kits, etc, that you don't know about if this guy was less then honest. Plus it will get rid of your administration and password issues.
Edit- One of the best features of any Linux distribution, well almost all of them, is the fact that you need administration (root) privileges to install most programs. This is a great help in keeping out a lot of unwanted things that could install on their own if the root was wide open with no password, etc.
Just noticed the icon under your name. You have Fedora then? If so you can get the newest version here: http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora if that is the one you want to use. Don't upgrade, do a clean install.
This comes, I believe, with Linpus Lite installed. According to the support page on the Linpus website, the default password is "111111" (six ones and don't use the quotes). I would assume that when you go to update the software, that is the password you would use.