RUnning as root is bad bad bad. That's why the Super User was invented. Log in as your regular user, if you need to something that involves root privileges, (I.E. compiling from source, or anything with RPMs) at a shell prompt just type 'su root' when you hit enter you'll be prompted for the root password, type that in, hit enter, and there you go, you're root until you type exit.
Surfing the net, logging in to IRC, and just basically using the system as root is bad wiki. Running as root allows you to royally screw thigns up with a single command.. oh you know, like 'rm -fr /'
It's a pain to learn the command prompt, at first, but there is a plethora of sources available to help you learn to use the command line. Try your distro's website first. Go to Google and type HOWTO, you'll be bombarded with helpful articles and tutorials on using any version of Linux.
Please please pleeaaaaaaassseee quit running as root!