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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 11: Installing A Dual Boot Operating System (Linux And Windows XP)
      9  Installing Linux

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Setting Up the Root Password

Next, you’ll be asked to choose a password for “root” (Figure 177). In Linux, root is the supreme commander of the operating system. Logging in as “root” allows you to modify the operating system. As a general rule, you should only log in as the root user when it’s necessary for administrating your computer. For general Linux use, log in as a normal user. That helps prevent you from inadvertently modifying your system.


Figure 177: Selecting a password for “root”

You’ll login as “root” when you wish to modify your Linux operating system.

 


You’ll have the opportunity to create regular user accounts later. Be sure to write down or remember your root password. You must enter it twice to confirm it.

As soon as you start typing, a message that the passwords don’t match appears. Don’t let this throw you. You haven’t had a chance to enter anything into the second password box yet! Eventually, you’ll get those suckers to match! Linux is case sensitive.


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