5.10 driver/permissions problem, then railed against being innately
locked out of the Ubuntu root account. I presumed that Ubuntu had a
crossed wire during the install—probably missed due to my
preoccupation with the driver problem—but, as several Ubuntu veterans
quickly pointed out, a disabled root account is actually a core feature of Ubuntu. Clearly, I need a swift dose of RTFM.
Member gwhittaker probably spelled it out best: "In Ubuntu, su is disabled by default (as you found
out). However, virtually any task that you might normally do from a
root prompt is done using the sudo command, which runs its argument
with root priviledges. Ubuntu assumes that the user account you create
during installation is the primary, administrating account... therefore
you enter that account's password in response to sudo's password
Now, several readers suggested methods for reenabling or hacking back
the classic root account (check the comments of the last episode), but
I suppose I'm OK with sudo for the moment. It does seem a little weird, though.
So anyway, now I've got a working Linux laptop, it now needs to start performing as an office solution. I've got OpenOffice
2.0. I've obviously shown no propensity to get a clue by reading
documentation. I need this machine to be able to read MS Office 2003
Word documents with embedded templates. I'm fully willing to start
bumbling around with these kinds of files without the requisite clue,
but if anybody has any warnings or advice about OpenOffice/MS Office
cross-compatibility, I'd love to hear it. Specifically, how do I move
files between my Linux Laptop and my Windows XP desktop, short of
e-mail things to myself?
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