Prompt user to enter a root password.
Rather than automatically setting the root password to be the same as the user password, the user should be prompted during install to choose a root password.
Updated by Leifur Hauksson about 4 years ago
This should be a bug report, actually: the root password is expired on the first boot. To reproduce, after a standard installation, open a terminal and type 'su'. Then su will print "Password for user 'root' has expired".
It would be better to just have the user set a root password during installation, that way tasks that require root authentication may be done right away. Note that if you try to start a graphical program that requires root authentication while the root password is still expired, it doesn't explain that a new password is needed, just that authentication failed. For example, trying to configure the network with nwam-manager-properties by clicking on the icon in the system tray while the root password is expired.