Which version of Ubuntu?

lsb_release -a

No LSB modules are available

Distributor ID: Ubuntu

Description Ubuntu 8.04.1

Release 8.04

Codename Hardy

Kernel Release

uname -r
2.6.24-19-lpia (special kernel for the Dell maybe, Low Power Intel Atom)

Machine processor architecture

uname -m

Running applications (etc) as root

Hit AltF2 to bring up the quick run dialog



gksu xterm

which will prompt you for a password and then launch a terminal window running as root user