Setting Up the Root Password
Next, youll 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 its necessary for administrating your computer. For general Linux use, log in as a normal user. That helps prevent you from inadvertently modifying your system.
Youll 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 dont match appears. Dont let this throw you. You havent had a chance to enter anything into the second password box yet! Eventually, youll get those suckers to match! Linux is case sensitive.
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