Starting new terminal window or tab from existing window remaining as root?
I almost always open several terminal windows or tabs and "su -" to root in each of them, so I can compare output from one terminal window while working in a 2nd, 3rd, etc.
Is there a way to open a 2nd, 3rd, etc terminal window or tab from the first terminal window such that I am already logged on as root, either from the command line or with mouse operation. I've tried running bash and xterm with no success.
Also, I am constantly starting gedit &, kwrite &, nautilus &, fdisk, cfdisk, etc from the command line as root. It would often be more convenient to stay in the GUI to start these apps as root. I am also testing different distos and would like to know of a method that works across all or most distros to open file managers, text editors, etc from such things as the run menu (alt-F2) as root. It is so convenient to use gksu and kdesu, but they don't seem to be available in most distros.