I think the root account in Ubuntu is accessed by using the "sudo" command. Type "sudo CMD" in a terminal, where "CMD" is the command you want to run.
Also, if the permissions are set correctly on the device file, you can mount it as a normal user by using the "user" option in your /etc/fstab (or by passing the "user" option to "mount" with the "-o" switch). The device can then be un-mounted only by that user and root.
Strange, though, that Ubuntu wouldn't enable that by default, since it prides itself on its user-friendliness...
Last edited by taylor_venable; 12-14-2005 at 10:16 PM.