Originally Posted by 273
It's a recent thing (last 5 years or so) to not allow X login as root I think. Ubuntu started with the disabling of root altogether, I think, and since Mint was based upon it they seemed to be that way too (unless my memory is playing tricks on me).
Personally I only every log in as root in the terminal, and usually because something is broken. Otherwise I've not real need to as a root terminal suffices.
I have just tried a live install of Mint 14 Mate it now stops a superuser, unlike Mint 13.
I used the Linux format magazine dvd where Cinnamon 32 & 64 bit live installations do not work. The Mate is the only one that installs.