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OpenSuSE 11.1 Quick Start Guide
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5.0 Managing Users with YaST

During installation, you have chosen a method for user authentication . This method is either local (via /etc/passwd) or, if a network connection is established, via NIS, LDAP, Kerberos or Samba (see Section 1.11, Create New User). You can create or modify user accounts and can change the authentication method with YaST at any time.

Every user is assigned a user ID (UID) which identifies him in the system. Apart from the users which can log in to your machine, there are also a number of system users for internal use only. Each user is assigned to one or more groups. Similar to system users, there are also system groups for internal use. For information about the Linux user and group concept, refer to Section 7.1, User Concept.

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