Creating and managing user accounts in Pear Linux 5 or any other desktop Linux distribution is a very simple task. This article touches on the difference between the two types of user accounts on Pear Linux and how to manage them.
The two types of user accounts are Administrator and Standard. The user account created during the installation process is, by default, of the Administrator type. That is the superuser. A user with that account can perform any task on the system.
If you are the sole user of the computer, then you may not have to create another user account, but if you want to give others access to your computer, it might be necessary to create a Standard account for them. The difference between a Standard and Administrator account is that the former does not have system-wide administrative privileges. That means that a user logged in with a Standard cannot install or remove software, or make other changes to the computer that requires authentication as an administrator.
If a user logged in with a Standard account attempts to remove or install an application from the command line, for example, (s)he will get the type of message shown in this image.
And when attempting to authenticate for access to launch a graphical application, (s)he will get this:
So you can be sure that a standard user cannot mess with your system, unless you give them the administrator password. The rest of the article shows how to add a new user account. To do that, start System Settings (start it by clicking on its icon on the dock). At the bottom of the window that opens, click User Accounts.
That should open the User Accounts management window. On a new system, the user listed will be the one created during installation. To make any changes in this window, click the Unlock button in the upper right edge.
Once unlocked, you can make any changes to the account, like changing the password and enabling automatic login, which is disabled by default. To create a new account, click on the + button on the bottom left edge of the window.
By default, the system will attempt to create the account as a Standard account. Specify the full name and username, and click Create.
The account should now be listed on the right pane. To set the password and make it usable, click on Unlock, then on the password line. Set the password and you should be good to go.
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