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By default, Ubuntu locks account root; can I do the same, in Debian GNU/Linux 6 "squeeze", during install?

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During install I don't know, but just install Sudo after your install is complete. That's how I do with Arch for example. – Depado Sep 10 '12 at 8:06
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Yes. When prompted to enter in a password for root, if left blank, debian will lock root and add the user you created to the wheel group so you can use sudo.

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