enable root gui login ubuntu 12.04

By default root login is disabled in Ubuntu 12.04 and newer.
Follow the steps to enable the logon:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Using your favorite editor open the file with privileged rights:
    sudo vim /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
  3. Append the line at the end of the file
    greeter-show-manual-login=true
  4. Set root password
    sudo passwd root
  5. Reboot the machine and you will be able to login as root.
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