Look here is the deal, I have used Linux for fun (along side windows) for several years now and i thought i would give Ubuntu a try because it has such a following. I like Ubuntu, i really do but this sudo crap is about to **** me off enough to load something else. In any other Linux distro i can use a root account (su + pw) in the terminal, with all the privileges i should be allowed to have as an adult. I don't like being treated like a child or a 93 year old woman on my own computer, if you know what i mean. If i break it ill reload it (big deal), but at this point i know enough not to break my own computer. And to be honest the lack of real/normal root functions is about to make me go back to my previous distro. Anytime i try and do anything i am used to, such as compile/configure/make/install etc a program or any other root function i have come to expect in Linux it declines me over root access. I don't care about how "dangerous" something is (as if lives are at stake), this is not a pentagon computer and I am not an idiot. Will someone, please, help me set up my computer so it runs like a normal Linux box, so i don't abandon Ubuntu for good? From other posts i have a root account but it is effectively impotent and i still get messages saying i don't have root privileges...I want a root account that is capable of completely destroying the OS if i choose (or accidentally screw something up), its my computer right??? sooo yeah, can anyone help me love ubuntu?