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Old 09-20-2005, 06:23 PM   #1
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Question about root versus demo


OK, so this is a dumb question but I am confused about it.

I have one computer with Linux on it and no plans to start networking.

What are the pros/cons of using Demo versus Root.

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Old 09-20-2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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Demo versus Root in what context?

Is Demo the name of your user account?

If so: user accounts can't accidentally screw up the filesystem. See this thread I was just answering.

If I've misinterpreted your question, let me know and I'll try to sort out the concepts for you.
 
Old 09-20-2005, 06:24 PM   #3
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Huh?

Sorry, but I have no idea what you are talking about,
Can you please elaborate on that?


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Old 09-20-2005, 09:32 PM   #4
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Re: root versus demo

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If I've misinterpreted your question, let me know and I'll try to sort out the concepts for you.
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I have several 'live' CD's (Mepis, Suse, etc.) and there is usually a message included that is something like this:-

This comes with a default user account called 'Demo', for which the password is 'Demo'.

There is also an administrator account called 'Root', for which the password is 'Root'.

Since I will be the only one using this computer, I want to know whether, after I install this to the hard drive, will it make any difference which password I use.

Today I ran into a couple of message, while attempting to access the 'net :-

Error KPPP
You don't have sufficient permission to run /usr/sbin/PPPD
Please make sure that KPPP is owned by Root and has the Suid bit set.

Error KPPP
/etc/resolv.conf is missing or can't be read!
Ask you system administrator to create this file (can be empty) with appropriate read and write permission

Who is the 'system administrator', unless its ME? :-)

Kind regards.

Lewis.

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Old 09-20-2005, 10:29 PM   #5
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Root is the system administrator. That account is used for (surprise) system administration. When you actually install a distro to your hard drive, it will ask you to create an account and set a password for your own day-to-day use.
 
Old 09-21-2005, 05:18 AM   #6
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You're used to Windows so this is definitely a new concept. Running full-time as the system administrator is a bad thing. In linux you must use a CLI (command line interface) to perform some tasks. Sometimes there isn't a GUI program to handle the task you are trying to achieve or sometimes it's just easier. In either scenario, should you accidently make a typo you can very easily do very nasty things to your system. Ask around here, all it takes is typing mkswap /dev/hda3 instead of hda2 and you've lost a partition. Running as a user means you can't make these mistakes, you won't have the permissions to. If you're running as root, then you can do anything.
 
Old 09-21-2005, 09:07 AM   #7
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demo versus root

Thanks for this explanation.

I'm glad to have found that out _now_ rather than _later_. :-)

Kind regards.

Lewis.

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