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I know in Fedora Core, and many of the Redhat Distro's, there was a utility that resembled 'su' which allowed you to enter the root password and gain root privileges for the length of the session. The difference was this tool allowed you to do it with the GUI, whereas, 'su' only works in the shell. You would type in your root password, and you would have full privileges in the GUI.
I'm wondering if there is an equivalent of this for SuSE 9.1. It would be incredibly handy.
SuSE 9.1 has a new "change user" option in the SuSE menu, where "login as different user" used to be. The first time you change users it takes a minute to reload KDE, but unlike logging out of your user and logging back in as root, it stores all the settings for the user you left. Once you are into KDE as root, all you need to do to switch back is select switch user and provide your password. Then you're instantly back into regular user mode. It doesn't save you time if you just change users just once, but if you go back and forth, it's much more convenient.