How to be the Root user on Kubuntu

I needed to be root in order to install crossover office shell script. Using sudo would not work. To sort this out I opened a console and:
sudo passwd

I entered the password I wanted for the root user and then entered the following which allowed me to log in as the root user:
su –

For installing some software e.g. Crossover office I needed to run the following at the command line:
xhost +

This gives all users (including root) access to the XServer.

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