Debian 7 Installation : Part 3 - Root Account and Wifi Configuration

Continue with previous post on the setup of the new Debian installation.

During the installation, I chose to disable the root account and hence the first user will use sudo to perform administrative tasks. A practice popularized by Ubuntu.

However, if you want to set the root password, just simple type command below to replace the default empty password.
$ sudo passwd root

Next step, settings up my Wifi dongle so I can move this server anywhere around the house instead of limiting myself to certain location using wired connection.

Using the lsusb command to find the brand and model of the Wifi adapter.
$ lsusb

Unfortunately, you will need install special non-free binary firmware for the RTL8188CUS Wifi adapter to work.
$ echo "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free" \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wheeze-non-free.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install firmware-realtek
$ sudo reboot

Sadly, the default package repository is just dog slow, updating speed was pathetically at 725B/s!

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