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    Not asked for root/admin password during install

    This is the first time I have used Ubuntu, and I am installing it via an ISO disk I downloaded. I'm at the screen that asks for Your Name and User Name. My past experience has been with Centos where one enters the password for the Super User during the install and then the name and password for a user. I am not seeing that with Ubuntu.

    I am installing over Centos 7 and told the installer to erase and install as a LVM.

    What am I missing?

    Many thanks...

    \rtc

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    Re: Not asked for root/admin password during install

    Ubuntu's installer doesn't set or ask for a root password.
    The initially created user has sudo rights, with which you can set a root password if you want, post-install.

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    Re: Not asked for root/admin password during install

    Thank you for the clarification...

    \rtc

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    Re: Not asked for root/admin password during install

    Deadflower can you explain your answer a bit more. I have been installing ubuntu for years and every installation asks for a password to be set.

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    Re: Not asked for root/admin password during install

    Quote Originally Posted by crip720 View Post
    Deadflower can you explain your answer a bit more. I have been installing ubuntu for years and every installation asks for a password to be set.
    There's nothing more to explain. The installer asks you to set a user password. It doesn't ask you to set a password for root; no root password is set; you can't log in as root even if you set a root password.
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    Re: Not asked for root/admin password during install

    RHEL/CentOS and a few other distros have always had a root account.
    In Ubuntu, the root account doesn't allow logins. We use sudo to elevate privileges when needed. It has always been that way and works very well. Plus, we don't have to worry about remote root logins, since none are possible by default.

    The first account, created during the install, is added to the 'sudo' group and is the only one able to use sudo initially.
    Last edited by TheFu; 3 Weeks Ago at 02:42 AM.

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    Re: Not asked for root/admin password during install

    Thank you, from the question the OP was not seeing any place for a password, root or user.

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