I tried doing it the macOS way by trying to drop it into a Terminal window but didn't quite work. In the Mac apps are self-contained; I hand't really thought about it on Linux but even so I woulnd't know where to begin.

Right now I'm logging off, logging in as root modify what's needed and back to user, as you may know it gets old real fast. I know how to launch stuff on Terminal as root, I just don't know where apps are generally or how to extract their icon in the Activities overlay/menu if it's a huge chaotic shortcut mess like Windows.

I'm using Fedora 28 & RHEL 7.5, BTW -- thanks!

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You can use gksudo or gksu to run graphical applications as root inside your current graphical non-root session.

See also:

  1. https://askubuntu.com/a/11766/819150
  2. https://linux.die.net/man/1/gksudo
  • I thought I'd be getting an email but didn't, that's weird, ServerFault does send me emails. Anyway, I appreciate your help, but I sort of had figured that out already. See, in macOS, I know usually apps are dropped in /Applications/{appname}/Contents/MacOS/{binaries}, at least for the most part. So I know what to issue after changing user or doing a privilege-elevation command. Even Windows sort of does the same... and I happily do it in Linux except that I don't know where apps are installed. The apps presented by GNOME in the drawer? The overlay it has.
    – Vita
    Oct 19, 2018 at 7:43
  • And thanks for the links, I'm hooked on it already. :)
    – Vita
    Oct 19, 2018 at 7:46
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    link 1, helps solved my issue, thanks Mar 11, 2022 at 13:03
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    gksudo and gksu have been removed from Ubuntu since 18.10. Sep 10, 2023 at 5:57

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