SlackwareThis Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I read all the time of ppl who uses user on their Linux systems, Im just wondering why bother?
I always just install Linux and login as Root.
No users needed for me..
Is there something wrong with that except for when its required to have a second user to install some programs?
There are two very good reasons why you should NEVER run routinely as root.
Firstly, you can do something you didn't intend to and trash your system.
Second, if you get hacked, and if your security is less than watertight you could be, then the hacker has full file permissions on your system ie. he can do whatever he likes.
Here's one more reason, and perhaps the most important:
Because it's standard practice to log in as root only when necessary, practically all Linux documentation in books and on the Internet presumes this practice. It's easier to use help files and documentation when you're doing things in a similar way to what is presumed.
Some systems actually prevent direct logins as root using login managers or ssh because of the security implications. If your computer is connected to the web in some way, I would suggest creating a normal user account.