Re: Using Ubuntu when I'm used to Debian.
One issue that comes up is the way Ubuntu uses the sudo command.
During installation, newcomers (with prior experience in Linux) are
caught off guard when they are not asked to set up a root account and
password. It can be unnerving. A root password CAN be set up, though.
And tasks that newcomers may have used the root account for in the past
can also be done *by issuing the sudo command as a user*.
As an example to make a root password:
As a user, enter a terminal and type:
sudo passwd root
Ubuntu thinks it over and then asks for your user password...
To alter the fstab file
As user, enter a terminal and type:
sudo vi /etc/fstab
Ubuntu ask for your user password...
It seems a bit twisted compared to other systems and some people are
steamed by it.
Philippe De Ryck wrote:
On Mon, 2006-04-03 at 11:49 +0100, Adam Funk wrote:
I'm getting a new computer at work with Ubuntu on it, but I'm used to
using Debian (at home and at my previous job). I understand that they
have some similarities.
I'd appreciate any suggestions about common pitfalls when making this
transition, things that will catch me by surprise, etc.
I use ubuntu too, and I like it. It works pretty much the same way (APT
and .deb-packages) with the same software (synaptic, aptitude). Ubuntu
uses the GNOME desktop environment, but you can install other
environments as well.
I don't notice anything particular being totally different in use than
If you want to mess around without messing up your system, Ubuntu
provides a live CD.