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Old 10-06-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Xubuntu - what user accounts should i create?

i installed xubuntu on yesterday... (im a first time user)

my question is:
at the install-process i made one user account.

isn'tit better to make one desktop-account with no rights to change anxthing and one admin account?

i could sudo with the desktop account if needed!?

how does this sudo/su thing work, that's not an account its just a privilege, right?
which password would a sudo/su command take, the one from the admin account?

do you think its a good idea to make two accounts, admin and desktop-user? i want to be as much secure as possible...

there is also this group-thing i don't quite understand... can somebody explain me that or has a link?

thanks ALOT!
Old 10-06-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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When you install ubuntu(or ubuntu based distros) you are locked out of the root[admin] account - it exists but you're not given the password.
The account you made is a desktop user account with access to sudo, and you need to use sudo to perform tasks that require administrative privileges. (for some info on group permissions) (info about sudo and the root account)

If you don't want access to sudo for whatever reason (eg. a shared or public user account, or multiple users on the computer), you can make a new user that doesn't have permission to use sudo, and switch to the one you made on install when you need to install new programs and such. This way you can log into the new account for everyday use and let other people use it without needing to worry about them messing about in your system. (for making new users and such)
By default, a user added in this way won't be given sudo privilege unless added to the admin group.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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much thanks for the info and links, im gonna research that.


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