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I would like to ask , is it safe to have only a root acount on the server machines?, like the firewall, mail, proxy, fileserver, webserver...

Robert B
That, plus all the default users required to run services would be OK, but I normally have at least one other account that I can login as.

As far as logging in directly as root, as long as you only login using ssh (protocol 2), the encryption should make it ok to login as root.

For added security, you could prevent root logins and login as the other user and su - root. That is what I require on my production servers at work ... but at home I login as root directly on these machines.
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