theoretical question - can root's username be changed?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Sat Dec 3 17:32:56 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-12-03 at 00:29, Tim wrote:

> > One of the greatest things about Windows was that it put the computer
> > into the hands of the "ordinary" user. BUT, one of the worst things is
> > that the "ordinary" user is not actually capable of administering a
> > computer. This is also true for automobiles. But we have, on every
> > corner, dealerships which do the admin maintenance for the users of
> > automobiles.
> > 
> > Computers haven't gotten there, yet.
> Hmm, I don't know about that.  We've plenty of computer shops which seem
> to work in the dodgy car mechanic manner of:
> - My mouse is a bit wonky.
> - Do you know anything about computers?
> - No.
> - Well, you need a new video card, and updates to the hard drive,
>   and we'll meed to replace the front panels on the case...
> Not to mention those that'd just re-install everything, to temporarily
> get things working (until the next complete re-install).  (Just why do
> people accept this?)  :-\

The windows drill is always: reboot, if that doesn't fix it
reinstall windows, if that doesn't fix it, reformat the
drive and start over.  There's not much else you can

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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