So what’s the difference between the root user and the user root?

Thought you’d never ask (even though you did not ask this, and are already having enough of the subject). You now know the term “root user”, so how about “user root”? Are these the same? of course not. This is just another example of confusing terminology, which is basically the number one reason to love Linux. 😉

Remember how in the previous post you did not read about the user’s home directory because you thought the article was too long? If you did read it, you would know, that each user has their own folder in /home (You’d know what this means, if you’d read the previous post, really), usually something like /home/<usertname>. So if the username is beowulf, the folder would be /home/beowulf. This directory is also called the user root.

When the user logs in, they will find themselves in the user root, in other words, /home/beowulf would be the directory from where the user called beowulf starts every time he logs in. The user root also has a convenient shorthand: ~.

In human readable format: "user root" is where the user has his own stuff, like files and documents etc. stored. For "root user", see the previous sections.