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Old 12-05-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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I need to remove sudo, or actvate the root acount in debian

I need to actvate the root acount at login in linux mint debian, or remove the sudo password bullshit, I need the system fully open like windows, no passwords, no bullshit.

I don't want to hear any bullshit either, I need the passwords gone, I olny need a login passowrd and full rights to the acount to do what ever i want, incoulding deleteing the entire file system with a right click if i need too.
Old 12-05-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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can i remove sudo? along with the password bullshit?
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Passwords are not bullshit. They are security.

I have used Debian and Ubuntu, but not Mint, but I'll try:

In Ubuntu, there is an option under Gnome Control Center-->System Settings-->Login Screen to boot to a specified user name without entering a password. Since Mint is based on Ubuntu, Mint should have an equivalent.

In Debian, when you are at the login screen, there is an option to "Configure the Login Manager" or some such wording. I think it's under the "Actions" menu before you login. You can use it to activate the root login. When you click it, it wants the root password that you established upon installation. Once you activate the root account, you can login as root. Debian Mint may have preserved that.

Circumventing sudo in Ubuntu is a whole nother thing. It would require you to be able to boot directly into an account with root privileges. I don't think Ubuntu allows that easily.

You can use the command "sudo su" in a terminal to acquire root privileges for an extended time to do administrative tasks without having to enter the sudo password more than once.

There are other Linux distros which, by default, enable the root user and allow you to log in as root to do root stuff. If you wish, you could do all your computing as root.

Personally, as a long-time Windows user who tired of having to scan his Windows boxes for adware, spyware, trojans, and other nasty-ware on a weekly basis, I wouldn't go there.

Windows's "openness" is one reason Windows is malware-ridden. If you are logged in with administrator (in Linux, "root") privileges and malware gets in your machine, it has all the privileges of your login. It's safer to do day-to-day computing as user and become administrator only when you need to do administrator stuff.

You might try Slackware, which will enable to log in as root, but, if you want something like Windows, Slackware is probably not for you. Slackware always works, it never breaks, and, if you don't do your homework, it takes no prisoners.


Last edited by frankbell; 12-05-2010 at 10:12 PM. Reason: clarity


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