I'm using a Pandaboard as a closed system (no Ethernet, wireless, or display) which runs ubuntu 11.04 server edition. I have a external power switch and I would like to boot up the system with this switch and launch a program automatically. That means I need to get around the login procedure. On top I need sudo rights to launch the program. Would be great to get your help.
Side question: At the moment I login in as a normal user and use
$sudo su to get root rights. But when I want to login as root directly it says that my password is incorrect. How is that possible?