As Geffy said. ^^
Also, it's not a very good idea to login as root and use X due to potential security issues. I would suggest using a regular account if you have one, or creating a new one using the "adduser" command.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS