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Bonus: Adding "sudo"
This part is completely optional. Some people like to use the "sudo" command in order to execute actions that require superuser privileges (such as "sudo apt-get install"). Others prefer to switch users with "su" to execute commands. It is an ongoing debate.
If you would like to add the sudo command, we first need to install it. With the root account, run the command:
apt-get install sudo
Add your user account (not root!) to the sudo group:
adduser <YOUR_USERNAME> sudo
Logout with the "logout" command (you might have to type it twice if you are using "su"):
Log back in with your regular user account. Try a command such as:
You should get an error like "-bash: ifconfig: command not found." Try the same command again with "sudo" in front:
You should get a print out of your network status.
You can now use sudo to run commands that require administrative privileges without having to log in to your root account. It lowers security some by allowing a regular user to run commands with escalated privileges. However, it means that you do not need to sign into your root account if you are using something like SSH.
Ideally, you would figure out which commands your user account would need to run and enable only those in the sudoers file. This can be done with the "visudo" command. To learn more about how to edit the sudoers file, read this article.