Originally Posted by Red Barchetta
There is no real reason to HAVE to login to a GUI desktop as the root user, however, there are times when I myself find it easier to. But I would STRONGLY advise not using KDE as the root user (I use Gnome if I really want a graphic desktop as root).
But if you are using the KDE login screen, to allow this, the file to alter is kdmrc
The easiest way I have found to alter that file is, login as any user that is allowed to use the su command from a terminal.
1.) open a terminal window, and navigate to the path containing the file kdmrc with the cd command.
2.) Issue the command su
3.) command kwrite kdmrc
What you are looking for is AllowRootLogin= set that to true, and save the file.
That should do it....
Well since my recent hard drive failure, it's the first time I haven't bothered to have a graphical root login i.e. I always used to get it with KDE, but since ?????? the inception of kde 3.4 (though it might have been 3.3) when it was disabled by default, I ended up changing "it" to allow.
This time I've changed it back to disabled, though I'd have thought that the only "real reason" necessary is that Greebstreebling "wants" that facility. Hell, afterall, linux _IS_ about choice, though I can see the "plus" side of your arguement.
These days I just start konqueror or whatever in "root mode", so I've found that it defeats the point of having the whole of graphical KDE available to root. I should point out that this was a habit of mine, a throw back to when I had windows - I felt more comfortable doing root stuff in a GUI, though I don't feel that because I now know how to get round it, that it's necessarily a "better" way of doing any necessary root stuff.
Hence IMO is one of those "tomaytoes/tomartoes" things!