is the most powerful user on a linux based computer system. It allows you to execute any command that is available to it.
It will even allow you to execute commands that are harmful to your system. For example, you could delete all of the contents of a folder, or important system files by accident.
It is very important that you be careful when using theuser.
The best option is to type("super-user do... ") at the start of individual commands you want to run as root, for example . But sudo is not available in early releases such as build 650 ("ship.1", release 7.1.0).
 Becoming root
There are several ways to permanently become the root user on an XO:
- In later versions of the Terminal Activity you can become "root" by clicking the icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
- In builds earlier than 703 you may need to instead enter in the Terminal Activity.
- In the console you can login as root. In later builds this happens automatically when you press Enter; in earlier builds, press enter and when prompted to "Login:", enter
The root user's prompt in a terminal normally ends withrather than .
- Enter the command to check who is logged on.
- Enter to check the effective userid rights of the active session.