Paul Makepeace ;-)

Shell accounts

You can either have a shell account or not, depending simply on whether or not you need it. If you don't know what a shell account is, and/or are just using web & mail then you don't need one. Fewer shells means the machine is more secure which ultimately benefits everyone.

If you do have a genuine need then that's fine, go for it.

Shell users

A typical setting up session may go something like this: