Configuring a SUSE Linux 10 root password

To configure SUSE Linux 10, the first step is to set up the root password.

The first item that needs configuration is the root password (see Figure 1-21). We will talk about the root user

in Chapter 2, but for now it is enough to know this is the user who has the privileges to change anything on the system, has access to all files on the system, and is known as a superuser.

The password should be something that you can remember, but also difficult to guess. A combination of letters and numbers is always a good way of making a strong password. Using your name, family member names, and so on should be avoided as these can be easy targets for passwords. Click Next after you've entered your root password and re-enter for verification.


Running your SUSE 10 installation

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Configuring your root password
 Step 2: Configuring your network access
 Step 3: Setting up your host and DNS addresses
 Step 4: Configuring the default gateway
 Step 5: Testing your connection and online updates
 Step 6: Configuring your modem
 Step 7: ISDN and ADSL connections
 Step 8: Adding a new user
 Step 9: SuSEconfig
 Step 10: Reviewing the release notes
 Step 11: Configuring your hardware
 Step 12: Graphics and sound card configuration

The above tip is excerpted from from Chapter 1, "Installing SUSE 10" our original excerpt of The SUSE Linux 10 Bible by Justin Davies, courtesy of Wiley Publishing. This chapter explains how to successfully install SUSE 10 on your box. Find it helpful? Buy it on Amazon.

This was first published in September 2006

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