activate boot log on

Asked by rdtindsm

Installed Ubuntu 8.10 as dual boot system w/ Vista on new system.

Although I think I saw a log-in screen at boot once upon a time, I don't have one now. I do of course have administrative priviledges as the person performing the installation. Windows suggests that I should also create a regular user account to keep any one else from fiddling with system settings. Seems like a good practice, although for all practical purposes I will be the only user.

I created a second useraccount for myself as a desktop user.

II still don't have to log in when I start the system, but am automatically logged in as the administrator. What research I have done suggest that there is an auto log in feature that needs to be toggled, but I can't find the reference. How to force login / password @ boot?

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Best nhasian (nhasian) said :

you are talking about booting into Ubuntu right? when Ubuntu starts it should present you with a graphical login screen that you can enter you username and password. You can enable/disable automatic login by going to System->administration->Login Window, and then going to the Security tab.

also i should note that you dont need to create a second user account to use in ubuntu. when using your system, you wont have any superuser previliages unless you are asked to enter a password to launch an application or if you type sudo/gksu before running a command from a terminal.

PS the root account is disabled by default but can be enabled if you want with the command

sudo passwd root

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rdtindsm (rdtinknx) said :

Thanks nhasian, that solved my question.