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Why is my new user being asked for a sudo password?

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http://askubuntu.com – I'm running Ubuntu 11.10. I'm trying to setup a user that's essentially a clone of the permissions of the ubuntu user. This works but I'm not able to sudo with this new user without supplying a password (which I don't even have for this user). How can I set it up to work the same way as the ubuntu user? Here's what I did (I'm doing this over SSH by the way): I created a new user with: sudo useradd -d /home/ryan -m ryan Then I added this user to the admin group with: sudo usermod -a -G admin ryan Then I cloned the ssh keys that are setup for the ubuntu user over to this new user: sudo (HowTos)