By default, user information is stored locally in the traditional /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files. However, there are different ways of managing users in a large network infrastructure. In an environment with Windows servers, the database of users may be held on an Active Directory server. Similarly, if there is a NetWare server infrastructure, user account information may be held in eDirectory. In a Unix environment, NIS or LDAP may be used. Linux can act as a client to all these systems. Kerberos authentication is also supported. But for a standalone machine, you will add local users. The user information and encrypted passwords will be held on the local hard disk. If, at the start of the installation, you did not choose Automatic Configuration, at this stage you can add further local users or configure one of the network authentication mechanisms.
See Chapter 25 for more information on the configuration of NIS and LDAP.
Following the example of Mac OS X and Windows XP, SUSE enables you to set up an account to automatically log in to the system for you when the machine boots up. For home users, this provides a simpler way to use their system, but it is impractical and insecure in business environments. If you are the user who is automatically logged in on bootup, someone else can gain access to your files simply by turning the machine on.
When you have finished adding your user information, click Next to continue, and SuSEconfig will run.
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