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Logging In

In most cases, your workstation will boot up to a graphical login screen. You will likely see the names of users you set up during the installation of your system, with a box for the username and another for the password. Remember that both the username and password are case-sensitive, so you must type both as they were created. You can always change the password at a later time (I'll tell you about it later in the chapter).

This graphical login screen is known as the login manager. Depending on the installation, it may appear different from system to system. The KDE login screen will look something like the one shown in Figure 4-1, which comes from a Mandrake Linux system. Login managers, like so many things on your system, can be configured to take on different looks and styles. As a result, the companies that provide Linux distributions will often customize them to suit their needs. What they will all have in common is a place for your login name, your password, and an option for selecting your desktop environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.).


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