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Logging into the Desktop
This section of the Fedora Desktop User Guide explains how to login to your system. The user account and the password created during the installation process is necessary to complete this step. If you have forgotten your user account, your password, or both, read the section I Cannot Login: HELP! . For additional information about the login process, read the section Logging In: An Explanation . This first section covers the login process.
Any user can now login when the display looks similar to the picture below:
To login, type your username into the horizontal field containing a blinking black bar (the cursor). Next, press the [Enter] key. Next, type your password into the same field you typed your username, then press the [Enter] key.
|For security reasons, a dot is displayed for every character entered in the password field.|
|As with any password, your Fedora account password should be kept private and not shared with anyone or written down in plain view.|
|Each computer user should be assigned a unique username and password. With unique user accounts, the system is more secure, and Fedora automatically stores files and other sensitive information separately from other users.|
|Your username and password are case-sensitive.|
|A correct username and password is required to login to the system. Common errors include mis-typed fields or the [Caps Lock] feature is on. Remember, usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. This means that 'user' is not the same as 'USER' or 'uSeR'. If problems persist, read the section I Cannot Login: HELP!|
After a correct username and password are entered, the login screen will be replaced by the splash screen. After this, the splash screen should be replaced by the default Fedora 6 desktop. Congratulations! The computer is now ready for use.
Logging In: An Explanation
Fedora is a multi-user operating system. In short, this means multiple users can be logged into the computer at the same time. Three distinct groups, normal user, system user and administrative accounts exist on your Fedora system. By default, your account is created as a normal user account. Normal users have permission to run a desktop and related desktop applications. System users have permission to programs running in the background, often with elevated privileges, that help maintain your computer system. One example of a system account is the Xscreensaver program.
Administrative accounts are accounts with elevated privileges, such as the root account, that enable the user to perform tasks to alter the behavior and ability of other users on the computer system. The root user is considered the "ultimate" administrative account as it has domain over the entire machine. For more information about these different levels, permissions, and user provisioning, please refer to the Fedora Administration Guide .
I Cannot Login: HELP!
Recovering or replacing a password for a user account is not hard, but it is beyond the scope of this guide. For an explanation and details on how to do this, please refer to the Fedora Administration Guide , which has a section on user accounts, and password recovery .
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