Linux Journal: Linux for the Timid, Part 2

“Tell me how this sounds. A full-featured, no-commitment
Linux OS with networking, K Desktop Environment (KDE)
, 2.2.6
kernel (so you’ve got great support for modern hardware), a bevy of
tools, network applications (e-mail, PPP), games, you name it,
weighing in at a mere 150MB (44MB download size). No need to
create a new Windows partition, and perfectly easy to remove

if you decide this was a bad idea (you won’t). I’m talking
about DragonLinux, a pretty amazing little distribution that owes
its roots (if not its inspiration) to Slackware Linux.
official DragonLinux web site is at

“The first thing you do is log in as root. Since there is no
password, the second thing you do is change root’s password, like

 # passwd root

Now, create a non-root user with the command adduser. Just follow
the prompts, and provide a password when asked. In my case, I
created a user called “marcel”. The reason I wanted to do that
right away is this. If you are a new user to Linux (or a
grey-haired old master), you do not want to work on your system as
the superuser (root) unless, of course, you need to do system
administration stuff. This is a bad habit to get into, and a good
one (as bad habits go) for a Timid New User to avoid. It is best to
get used to logging in early on. For you old-timers out there,
remember that it’s up to you to pass on the wisdom.”

“When you decide it’s time to boot back up into Windows, click
on the x in the panel at the bottom of the screen. If you move your
mouse over it, your should get a little bubble help that says
“Logout”. Click that, and you will be back to the Linux text
screen. To shut down and return to Windows, type exit and log back
in as root. Now you can shut down.

 # shutdown -r now

The system should boot back up into Windows normally.”


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