First time you start the handed out virtual machine, which has been preloaded with all necessary software, please follow these instructions:
Click on the osboxes highlighted label in the middle of the screen to login. The password is "osboxes.org" (without " and ")
Create a new user
When logged in press the Alt+F12 keys and Yakuake - a terminal - rolls down from the top of the screen, if not it can be started from the menu button down left.
Type this on the command line:
You should get something similar to this:
[osboxes@osboxes ~]$ ls create.user Documents Music Public Videos Desktop Downloads Pictures Templates [osboxes@osboxes ~]$
If you don't see the create.user follow the instructions in next section to create it.
If you see it jump to the section Creating the new user.
The create.user script
Highlight the code below with you mouse.
cat<<- EOF > create.user #!/bin/bash # Create a user account with admin rights echo "When prompted for sudo password enter the valid password for the user osboxes" if [ -n \$1 ]; then sudo useradd -m -G wheel \$1 else echo "usage: $0 NewUserName" exit fi echo "Now set your preferred password for the account" echo "Notice nothing is written on screen, but all keystrokes are captured" sudo passwd \$1 echo "Thank you, User \$1 is now created. Please logout and try your new account." EOF
Paste the copy into the Yakuake terminal and press enter. (Notice: If you cannot paste the text check that the bidirectional Clipboard is enabled in your virtual host.)
Next issue this command:
]$ chmod 700 create.user
You are no prompted for the sudo password for osboxes - use the same as you used when you first logged in.
Creating the new user
In order to create a new user enter this:
]$ ./create.user <YourDesiredLoginName>
where <YourDesiredLoginName> shall be replaced by e.g. your first name. (Notice: It is not uncommon to type ones own name with all small letters - because it is quicker and with one less key stroke.)
Next you should enter your preferred password for your account - do it twice. Do be afraid if you don't see anything. On Linux, when passwords are entered, nothing is shown on the screen, but your keystrokes are still captured by the program.
Your screen should look something like this:
[osboxes@osboxes ~]$ ./create.user klaus When prompted for sudo password enter the valid password for the user osboxes Now set your preferred password for the account Notice nothing is written on screen, but all keystrokes are captured Changing password for user klaus. New password: Retype new password: passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully. Thank you, User klaus is now created. Please logout and try your new account. [osboxes@osboxes ~]$
Login on a KDE window manager
Finally click on the Centos Menu button down left, choose Leave and next Logout.
Next thing is to login again using your new login.
On Linux you have a number of different Windows systems. I prefer KDE, but have also installed GNOME. If you are new to Linux try out the KDE, it is probably the one that can look most like the OS coming from Redmond, Washington.