If you really do want to login as root (I can't understand why you should want to), you can try this:
Just be aware that your OS is open to system level modification while you are root.
entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem
You lot are a bunch of pansies!
You do exactly the same when you are logged in as Administrator on any Windows machine.
What is the big deal? You thinking server and not desktop?
Ugh, My couple hour investment turned into a two day track & trace re-install fest!
So, I was unecessarily harsh on thu Ubuntu gang. My fresh install of 12.04 lost me my sound, and the puter refused to shutdown
properly. I hated Unity from the start, but I've got over that. Now I just don't particularly like it for a desktop.
Turns out, the sound problem is not Ubuntu specific, it's The Kernel. Sometime round the release of 3.0 upstream started to
change the way they handle hardware detection. So my onboard sound card, which 10.04 picked up as VT1708/A Azalia HDAC
turns into VT8237A/VT8251 HDAC. It's all using the same HDAC intel driver module snd_hda_intel, but now the modprobe fails
on the PCI device and the driver is not loaded and set up. Something (I think) to do with with tho older Kernel which used to
detect that my board is a Micro Star International (MSI) subset, and enable workarounds for some bug. Now the
Kernel detects MSI but disables the workaround, causing problems detecting the sound card.
I learnt more about sound in Linux than I really wanted to http://voices.canonical.com/david.he...ng-techniques/
The shutdown problem was solved by going into BIOS and enabling "Cool & Quiet" which apparently makes the acpi tables available
to the Kernel. This is also a departure from the older Kernel workarounds.
So I have a couple of options, reinstall 10.04 for normal work, and setup other distros on spare partitions and fiddle about testing
until (if) upstream provide Kernel patches, or:
Get an external sound card, hopefully one that's supported.
I have in the last 48 hours tried a number of livecd's and installed several recent distros.
One which I got pretty friendly with is Linux Mint Debian Edition, a semi rolling release based on Debian testing. Using Cinnamon DE.
Main drawback is it's primitive installer, No Raid, LVM, or encrypted disk options.
Other stuff I tried out were Knoppix, ArchBang, Fedora 17 beta. I may try Sabayon, but in the last 2 days I may have become insane
so will prolly revert to good ol Debian in the end.
12.04 is great for servers, so far the best I have used in a long time. 10.04 LTS wasn't bad, but it had it's installation issues, even with 10.04.3. 12.04 at least for now install without any problems, especially when you need to do regular installs on all kinds of hardware and different configurations.
Can't speak for 12.04 desktop...
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