Thanks all for the help. Between this forum and others, I found the answers:
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (var/lib/dpkg/), in another process using it?
This error was solved by killing a process that was running in the background (apt-get), which in my case Kpackage Manager uses. Here
is the "How to" I used.
The root access problem has 2 solutions: 1) Modify Linux to allow Root Login OR 2) Suggested: Add a command to the shortcut to allow for Root rights
1) Modify Linux to allow Root Login
2) Suggested: Add a command to the shortcut to allow for Root rights (Using KDE in my case)
modify the Menu Items using KMenuEdit ( Right click on Menu Icon > Menu Editor ) and add "kdesu" to the start of the "Execute" lines for applications that need root permissions.