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The "root" account is the most privileged account on a Unix system.

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root is the system administrator, and they can do whatever they want to the system, which can lead to data corruption if the account is not used wisely. Since it appears you are new to Linux, I would … recommend you not use root until you get more experience with Linux. To access an administrator/root command prompt from a standard users command prompt, type su (I believe most distros support this) and then hit enter. Beware when using root, as you can really mess up your computer. …
answered Jan 9 '16 by Flare Cat