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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Two Questions

Posted by: irnewb May 4 2009, 05:30 PM

Ok so i'm new to linux and kind of lost, for the most part it's not too bad to learn it's user friendly thus far but I need two things answered.

First off i cannot stand mozilla firefox.. is there any way i can download one of the newest version of "Internet Explorer"? i have tried searching but cannot find one that supports linux =(.
So is there a way to get internet explorer?

Secondly i will be going off to school in september so i bought a new asus laptop with linux, and i cannot figure out how to set a username and password at startup for security purposes as i'll be living in a shared dorm room.
So could someone tell me how to set a username and password at startup?

Thanks a lot in advance for anyone that helps this linux newb smile.gif.

Posted by: michaelk May 4 2009, 08:12 PM

There are other browsers for linux like opera.
There is no IE version for linux. You can run it via wine. See for information.

Do you know what linux distribution you are running? Also what is the model number of the laptop.

Posted by: claymarionette May 5 2009, 01:07 PM

Here is a link and instructions for Internet Explorer on Linux:
You will still need to run wine as the previous post says.

Posted by: irnewb May 5 2009, 08:48 PM

Thanks a ton for the replies guys i'll check into the links for IE tomorow when i have a bit more time.

I'm not quite sure how to find what specific linux OS i am running as i just have 2 days of linux behind my belt now.. could you explain how please that would help tons =).

The model of laptop is an asus EEE PC 701SD.

edit to post: after posting my laptop model i decided to use an internet search and the most popular pre installed version of linux on this model seems to be"Xandros linux " if my asus specifically has it i have no clue as i still have not found my way around it enough to confirm.. not sure where to look on this os.

Hope that helps.

Posted by: michaelk May 6 2009, 07:23 PM

I just happen to acquire a eee pc 900 from a friend who did not realize it came with linux.
Yes it comes with xandros which is based on debian.

It seems decent so far.

Did not find anything specific on locking desktop except for this:

Posted by: irnewb May 7 2009, 03:21 PM

So is debian like oldschool or something?

back to topic.. so basically there is no way to set a username and password("administrator account" or "user account") like u can on any windows OS
if so that is really shitty because really whats the point of keeping this laptop if i cant take it to school next year and leave it in my room without my roomate or their dumb friends opening it and fucking around on my shit u know.

Posted by: michaelk May 7 2009, 05:01 PM

I bought mine second hand but when you first powered on your PC a first time wizard should of ran which asked for a password. This is the logon password if you did not configure to automatically logon.
I modified mine to boot to ffull desktop mode which does have a screen lock function. I have not found anything in easy mode yet except the home key->
Have not tried it yet.

I am still learning myself. I haven't found a lot of info all in one place so it takes time to google.

Posted by: irnewb May 7 2009, 05:34 PM

Yeah i got it from someone else too, i'v tried running the linux recovery disk using an external dvd optical drive just like the user manual says so i could erase all of buddys stuff and start fresh. So when i reset the laptop like the manual says it says hit "esc" on startup.. so i do that and in the top corner some weird text appears at top in black background, something like "^{" or whatever.

i'm just lost completely =\.. thinkin of just gettin rid of this thing and gettin somethign with xp.. shoulda done that in first place =\.

dunno what to do anymore.. if u find a way u can set a username and pass please let me know, thanks tons for the help man =)

Posted by: michaelk May 8 2009, 06:48 AM

I haven't tried to reload yet. To reset the password.
Pressing ctrl-alt-T will open a console window and then you can enter the commands:
sudo su
passwd user

Posted by: irnewb May 8 2009, 12:06 PM

Lol seeing as im very new to this i havn't even done anything with commands or consoles yet... so in doing that would it get me a username and password or not?

Posted by: michaelk May 8 2009, 01:17 PM

The default user is user. This will change the password for user.
I am assuming that if you reload the system the first time wizard will ask you for new password.

Posted by: irnewb May 8 2009, 02:05 PM

i tried using a dvd optical drive like the manual said it never worked, followed all instructions and it started into linux anyways.. oh well i'll figure this out trying ur thing maybe.

Posted by: irnewb May 14 2009, 06:24 PM

so i tried the "ctrl alt t" thing for a console thing to come up.

I proceded to enter "sude su" hit enter. typed "passwd user" and it prompted me to type a password for it, so i did that.. hit enter and asked to confirm password.. so i entered same one again..

the console then told me the password to user has been i decided to see if it worked.. i reset my laptop and bootup took longer than normal.. stayed on a black screen for about 20 extra seconds then went into my "desktop" as it would normally.

So uh what the hell did i set a password to? because it definitely didn't create a username/ password for me at startup b4 i can access the "desktop"

Posted by: michaelk May 15 2009, 07:39 AM

Check out this thread for configuring your netbook to disable auto login.

Posted by: irnewb May 18 2009, 10:26 AM


What a great relief after my long weekend out of town, come back with the reply i was looking for to solve my problem.

Thanks so much micheal for sticking with my dumbness and helping me set a password and usename for login... it finally worked now my linux laptop should be secure when i goto school =).

Take Care, i shall return to help others if i actually get the hang of linux or if i have further questions.

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