How do I set up an initial authentication password for Ubuntu 10.04?

Asked by Tom Koneska

I just bought a new refurb computer from GEARXS which has Ubuntu 10.04 pre-installed. I am new to Linux/Ubuntu and cannot determine how to set up my initial user password. To install any additional software or even change to the correct time zone, I need an authentication password. Well, I cannot find how to set that initial authentication password. I have looked through About Ubuntu, About Gnome and every other place through System, Places or Applications that seem to have the answer to my question. None do (that I can find).

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Reboot and hold SHIFT, select recovery mode and then select root, you can now run:

passwd foo; reboot

Replace foo with your username. Eg:

passwd andy; reboot

You can now log in with your new password. Just so you know, Lucid has less than 9 months sppport so I suggest you clean install Precise.

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Tom Koneska (thokon27) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.