Linked by Jeremy Wells on Tue 8th Feb 2005 08:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu For over six years I have been hunting for a Linux distro that would allow me to replace my Windows installation. I've tried many versions of RedHat and Mandrake, and more recently, Gnoppix, Kanotix, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Knoppix. In my evaluations, I would start with high hopes that the latest and greatest distro would install smoothly, support my hardware, and create a genuinely usable system, but none of them really worked--until now. I recently came across the first distro that satisfied all my requirements: Ubuntu.
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by Luk van den Borne on Tue 8th Feb 2005 16:47 UTC

There is no root user by default. The first user that is made during install has the rights to do admin tasks with sudo command. Just enter your user password, which is technically not less secure than an ordinary root password (ie same encryption). It's just more convinient when you get used to it. You can also do sudo -s if you want a nice root session.