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Old 08-07-2004, 10:14 AM   #1
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installing additional software as admin?

12 Very, very basic question: I have Mandrake 10 installed and it is fine. I am loggged in as a user "John." How do I log in as admin (with the password I gave, etc.) so I can install more programs?
Second: My CD drive was recognised by the system, but is no longer showing on the desktop, along with the now missing trash bin. What have I done?

Old 08-07-2004, 10:38 AM   #2
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What windows manager are you using (KDE or Gnome)

to login as admin



in a terminal, then put in the root password.

You can also login as the root accound using

username: root
password: whatever you assigned at installation

You can also run graphical programs in root mode by typeing

kdesu theNameOfTheProgram


kdesu konqueror
PS: in linux the root user is the admin user.
Old 08-07-2004, 02:37 PM   #3
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About the CD.
Mandrake 10 is quite funny.

to view the CD-ROM or floppy disk, you have to mount it.
Type on the shell:
mount /mnt/cdrom/
And when is mounted mandrake creates additionaly a shorcut on the desktop.

The short cut is pointing to /mnt/cdrom/ so what in windows was d:\ in linux is /mnt/cdrom/ (in mnt you have all your disk devices as the floppy disk, the windows partition, the usb bar, cdrecorder...)

Last edited by ctux; 08-07-2004 at 02:40 PM.


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