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RCE1 RCE1 is offline
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Default New to Dell Mini 9 and Ubuntu - 03-07-2009, 05:39 PM

My work as a photographer occasionally results in some nice acquisitions. We recently did a bunch of work with several small laptops. At the end of the shoot the client, rather than return the props, divided the spoils amongst the crew. As I already had an MSI Wind hotrod netbook, I opted for the Dell Mini 9 in Ubuntu. I have a RAM upgrade on the way as well as a larger RunCore SSD (which may well take a long time to arrive, from what I understand), but my issue is that during the shoot someone intialized the Dell with a fake username and administrative password and I can't figure out what it is and how to change it. Do I have to reinstall the system software from the recovery disk to make it mine and assign a new password or is there some other way to start fresh? There isn't a lot on it, but I was mostly curious. Other than that, I am counting my blessings and the glass is most definitely half full.

Thanks. I have been lurking on this forum for a few days and this is my first posting.
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flimflan flimflan is offline
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Default Re: New to Dell Mini 9 and Ubuntu - 03-07-2009, 07:02 PM

Try googling for: reset ubuntu sudo password
One possibly helpful result:

Although you may want to reimage from the recovery CD (assuming you have an external CD drive or can follow the USB install methods) just so you are starting from a clean slate, since you dont know what is running on that system or how it is configured.
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Default Re: New to Dell Mini 9 and Ubuntu - 03-07-2009, 08:06 PM

This may not be immensely helpful, but I believe you ordered a RunCore SSD not a "Runtime" SSD. Just thought I'd point that out.


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Mini 9 - Black, 4GB, 512MB, Ubuntu, no accessories
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Default Re: New to Dell Mini 9 and Ubuntu - 03-17-2009, 10:41 PM

I'd like to figure out a way to load the Ubuntu OS (distribution, is that the right word?) on a USB stick for eventual reinstallation. Can anyone point me to a tutorial suitable for an Ubuntu noob whose other machines are Macs? ops:
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Default Re: New to Dell Mini 9 and Ubuntu - 03-17-2009, 11:43 PM

Do you want changes to be persistant? You can set thumb drives up to be bootable with "unetbootin" but I also think you can install to a thumb drive and keep changes going on the thumb drive but I'm not to sure This is still just a base installation? You can get the ubuntu Iso for free, and any changes dell made will have to be freely available per the gpl i believe. I already got the recovery iso from a torrent so I didnt look into the legal channels.

If you want to make a copy of your current OS you could maybe boot up with a thumb drive and then use dd or rescuedd or some other clone tools to copy everything over to a second thumb drive.

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