Many people find it useful to organize some of their most frequented applications as shortcuts on their desktop. This allows for quick launching of programs or custom shortcuts. Although most Linux systems rely on a sidebar app launcher or start menu, desktop shortcut launchers can allow you to open applications or websites super fast, since they live right on your desktop and make the targets only a click away.
In this tutorial, you will see how to enable root login for the GNOME desktop environment on a Linux system. By default, users are expected to log in to the GNOME desktop environment using a normal account. This is a recommended practice due to security concerns. If you wish to ignore this recommendation and log in to GNOME with the root account, keep reading below.
GNOME is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 20.04. If you don’t yet have a desktop environment installed, or have a different environment and would like to switch to GNOME, it’s very easy to do.
The objective of this tutorial is to show the reader how to disable an automatic screen lock on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux GNOME desktop. This will prevent your screen from locking up due to inactivity, which can be annoying when you need to constantly type your password to unlock the system every time you are idle or away from keyboard.
By default, the root user is not able to log in to the GUI on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. This is a security feature and it is common convention to only start a desktop environment as an unprivileged user. However, on test systems and in edge scenarios, it can be useful to log in to the GUI as the root user.