Originally Posted by DeanAL
in terminal mode you don't have the nice graphical interface that generally makes things so easy.
Running a GUI as root really is not a good idea, for the same reason you mentioned earlier about running as root day to day. It's just too easy to forget who or where you are, and do something as root that you later regret.
Other than mounting a drive, what other tasks do you find yourself doing again and again that require you to be root, and which would be simplified through using a GUI?
FWIW, the only common reasons I find myself needing root access are installing packages, mounting/unmounting devices, running certain commands (eg, lsmod, starting and stopping processes, etc) but none of those would be particularly helped by a GUI. Obviously I recognize everyone's computer usage is different, but at least to me, the need to run as root should be a fairly infrequent event, and not the kinds of things where a GUI would add value. That said, SuSE offers numerous tools (mainly YaST) through the Window Manager (I'd suggest trying KDE) which allow you to perform certain root tasks, Using those tools does not require you to log out at all, but instead just enter the root password to start the operation