What does locking the root password do?

I don’t think I’ll be satisfied until after I know how to do a complete wipe and reload of the OS. To get good at anything, you need to take risks and to occasionally break things. If I damage the OS on my Librem 5 (and I am sure I will), how difficult is it to do a factory reset and start over?.

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I don’t want to derail this topic, but you can see the docs here (https://developer.puri.sm/Librem5/Development_Environment/Phone/Troubleshooting/Reflashing_the_Phone.html) to learn how to reset/reflash your phone. It is not necessarily beginner-friendly though, fair warning.


For reference, I was able to unlock the root password in the QEMU image:

Not difficult at all, if it is anything like Pinephone. Tomorrow morning I get to install the os for the third time in as many days; tor browser keeps crashing it so it looks like no tor browser on mobian for me.

I always wondered at the mechanism how some distros have you set the root password at install time and others don’t. Now I know.