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Old 12-08-2008, 06:16 AM   #1
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Dual boot question and login question

After advice from people on this forum, I decided I could probably get something out of using ubuntu. So I installed it in its own partition using the 'guided' install. Now when the computer boots, it first loads up a Linux boot screen, and then a windows boot screen (but without a linux option) after that. Can I make it just do the windows boot screen (but with the Ubuntu option in it)?

Also, Ubuntu has a login thing which I can't stand. It also keeps asking for the password whenever I open certain things. Is there a way to disable this? Im not at all interested in security, if anyone wants to mush my computer they are welcome (I have much backups).

Thanks, RM
Old 12-08-2008, 06:54 AM   #2
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If you only use linux sometimes and want windows to be your default, you can change the default boot option to windows by changing /boot/grub/menu.lst

--Find the line that probably says "default 0", then change the 0 to the windows option. Count up starting at 0 every time you see a "title" line towards the bottom of the file. Include the "other operating systems:" line in your count.

root password in ubuntu is a little retarded. In every other linux I've ever run, this can be modified by running visudo as root, and putting in a nopasswd option.

in Ubuntu when you run visudo, you should see a couple lines like:
# Uncomment to allow members of group sudo to not need a password
However, I'll forewarn you that even when uncommenting that I've still been prompted for a password (and yes, I'm in the right group). For other folks watching who might know more: I initially put in my explicit user with a nopasswd option before seeing the above line. Having my user in the file, I was still prompted for password... what the hell is ubuntu's issue?



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