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5.4.15. Create User

The Create User screen can be used to create and configure one normal (non-root) user account during the installation. Only one user account can be configured here; if you require more accounts, wait until the installation completes, reboot your system and then create other accounts using either the useradd command in a terminal, or a graphical utility for managing user accounts (for example, the Users screen in the Settings menu in GNOME).

Important

Creating a normal user account is not required to finish the installation; however, it is highly recommended. If you do not create one, you will have to log in to the system as root directly, which is not recommended.
Create User
The Create screen. Use the text input fields to create a user account and configure its settings.
Figure 5.26. Create User

To configure a user account, fill out the Full name (for example, John Smith) and Username (for example, jsmith). The username will used to log in from a command line; if you install a graphical environment, then your graphical login manager will use Full name.
Make sure that the Require a password to use this account check box is enabled, enter a password you want to use for this account into the Password field. The characters you write will be displayed as dots for security. Then, repeat the same password in the Confirm password field below to ensure you entered it properly. Both entered passwords must be the same.
As you enter the password, it will be evaluated and the installer will determine the password's strength. If the installer considers your password weak, a message will appear at the bottom of the screen, explaining which aspect of your chosen password is considered insuficient. For example:
The password you have provided is weak: The password is shorter than 5 characters.
If a message similar to the above appears, it is highly recommended to choose a different, stronger password.
The Make this user administrator check box gives the user you are creatng administrative rights (by adding this user into the wheel group), allowing this user to use the sudo command to perform tasks normally only available to root using only the user password, instead of the root password. This may be more convenient, but can also pose a security risk.

Warning

If you give administrator privileges to an user, make sure that the account is protected by a strong password. Never give an user administrator privileges without requiring any password for the account.
See the Fedora Security Guide, available at the http://docs.fedoraproject.org/, for detailed information about password security including guidelines for selecting strong passwords.
To additional settings, click the Advanced button below the password input fields. A new dialog window titled Advanced User Configuration will open. This dialog is described in the following section.

5.4.15.1. Advanced User Configuration

The Advanced User Configuration dialog allows you to change the following settings for the new user account.
Advanced User Configuration
Advanced settings for the new user account.
Figure 5.27. Advanced User Configuration

  • The user's Home directory (/home/username by default).
  • The user's ID (UID). The default value is 1000. UIDs 0-999 are reserved by the system so they can not be assigned to an user.
  • The the group ID (GID) of the user's default group. The default group name will be the same as the user name, and its default GID is 1000. GIDs 0-999 are reserved by the system so they can not be assigned to an user's group.
  • The user's group membership. The user account you are creating will always have one default group membership (the user's default group with an ID set in the Specify a group ID manually field). In the Group Membership field, you can specify additional groups as a comma-separated list. Groups which do not already exist will be created; you can specify custom GIDs for them in parentheses. If you do not specify a custom GID for a new group, it will be assigned automatically.