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Old 01-25-2006, 04:30 AM   #1
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New to Linux, How to log in root using vmware?

Hi everyone. I just recently downloaded the vortex distribution of linux because i wanted to learn more about it. It is my first time using linux, and i run the os on vmware, with windows xp as the main os. When i start the linux os on vmware, vortex (linux os, it throws me in as guest. I tried to use the su command which prompts me to enter a password but i cant even type anything in but enter, and when i do press enter, all it says is wrong password. How do i go about signing in as root? I want to learn how to install programs but apparently i need to be logged in as root. Help? Thank you for your time.
Old 01-25-2006, 04:43 AM   #2
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wen type anything at the password prompt u wont be able to see anything.It wont display any special character like '*'

U need to just type the root password if u know it & THEN press enter.
It will then log u in as root
Old 01-25-2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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If you are allready loged under your user you can log-in as root using the command su then enter, you will have to type you root password in "blind mode" (just a quick reminder under CLI on all linux distribution you don't see any thing when you type your password, that's normal).

any questions just ask.
enjoy ;-)
Old 01-25-2006, 09:34 AM   #4
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I take it by the vortex distribution you mean Generation Linux? If so, a couple of points:

* Your root password is "admin" by default (in case you weren't aware)
* Generation Linux has what's known as a "Live CD" - if you boot up with it in your drive (and your BIOS checks CDs at boot time), it'll load straight into 'real' Linux, but running solely off the CD instead of off a hard drive. If you want to do lots of things that involve persistant storage, then perhaps VMWare is the way to go - but if you just want to get used to the distribution, a live CD is great for that.

In fact, I think Generation is only distributed as a live distro, so while I was going to point you to the CD link, it seems you have one already!

Just something to bear in mind - running Linux as Linux will give you a much better idea of what it's like (for speed and hardward support, amongst other things) than running it in Windows with VMWare virtual hardware.


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