How do I open a terminal window in Edubuntu 12.04?

Asked by Joe Shook on 2013-03-15

I'm new to this Linux environment, but have been given a command line entry (mount -t ntfs-3g -o remove_hiberfile /dev/sda1 /media/WIN_8_Preview) to resolve another problem I'm having with my Dual Boot of Windows 8. Having followed earlier instructions to first create the Win 8 partition then install Edubuntu, the Windows 8/Edubuntu selection window does not appear when I first turn on this system, and the hibernate thing may be the issue. SO, I need a Terminal window to make that command line entry!

Thanks,

Lil'Joe in Texas

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Press CTRL+ALT+T is my favourite method. If you use terminal a lot I can recommend you install Guake for a quick access terminal which hides and shows on shortcut key :)

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #2

see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal#Starting_a_Terminal

Just one additional hint: Ubuntu restricts certain system operations (like mounting a device) that they can only be executed by an administrator.
When you try to execute your mount command you will most probably receive the error message that you are not authorized to do so.
You have to put "sudo" in front of the command to temporarily receive administrative authorities. You will be asked for your passfor for confirmation.

sudo mount ...

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #3

Thanks all.

Now I just need to find out why my password won't allow me su access.

It says I need to be at the root level to enter that command. su asks for a passowrd, which I enter, but it declines to recognize.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

That is what I wanted to tell at the end of my previous message:

Ubuntu uses the "sudo" mechanism for gaining root privileges.

Instead of
su
command1
command2
...

on Ubuntu you should do

sudo command1
sudo command2

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #5

Well, it did ask for User password, which I entered and it worked great!

Apparently the Adminstrator password is something only Ubuntu knows and does not wish to openly share.

Thanks again!

Joe Shook

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--- On Fri, 3/15/13, Manfred Hampl <email address hidden> wrote:

From: Manfred Hampl <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #224365]: How do I open a terminal window in Edubuntu 12.04?
To: <email address hidden>
Date: Friday, March 15, 2013, 8:46 AM

Your question #224365 on yelp in Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/yelp/+question/224365

Manfred Hampl posted a new comment:
That is what I wanted to tell at the end of my previous message:

Ubuntu uses the "sudo" mechanism for gaining root privileges.

Instead of
su
command1
command2
...

on Ubuntu you should do

sudo command1
sudo command2

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You received this question notification because you asked the question.

@Joe: this is normal. You can use sudo and your user password to temporarily gain administrator rights. By default, the admin account is not active in Ubuntu for security reasons. This helps make Ubuntu more secure than Windows.

Please read this for more info:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo