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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

The root account

Next you'll be asked to supply a password for the "root" account.
The root account is assigned to the system administrator for maintenance and has privileged access to all resources and settings of the computer. This account should be used only when necessary to tweak system configuration and is not for daily use. Keep the root password in a safe place, in your memory. It is the key of your system security. If you think your password has been compromised you should change it immediately.

Set Root Password
Fig. 1.23

On this screen you set up the root account, leave the authentication to local files. Remember always use strong password (letter and numbers).

A normal user account

You can also set up your regular user accounts next, same policy should apply to regular accounts (use a strong password; if it is compromised change it immediately).

Create User Account
Fig. 1.24

You can add all your users here if you want to however we will learn more about system management later in this series.

  • Click Done to continue.

Setting up the login mode

In Mandrake Linux 9.0, a user can be chosen to automatically login and be taken to the desktop. For security and troubleshooting reasons, click the "No" button.

Login Mode
Fig. 1.25