Originally Posted by pixellany
Ubuntu has disabled the root user since the beginning of time---or maybe I missed your question.
I didn't know that... Coming from other Distro's that haven't done that, you panic when you see root in the user editor, but type $su and it prompts for a password and always says fail.
I re-enabled it by using a system restore cd, using init=/bin/sh, remounting / as rw, issuing passwd, remounting / with ro and rebooting.
I have root again.
But, there what's still missing are the Log Off and Shut down Gnome menu items under System.