all I ever use linux for is things that require root, e.g., modifying partitions on usb drives. I'd like to just log in as root and run X11 without being hassled about it every time I turn around. Is there a linux distribution that works that way? I don't want to use a gparted live cd as I do other hardware hacking as well, so a genuine installable OS would be preferred. in older versions of ubuntu it wasn't hard to enable the root user but seems to be impossible (I just tried in a recent version of ubuntu mate).
before everybody leaps over themselves to save me: I just want to know how to do what I've asked, not the 1000s of reason why it's the worst idea in the world. Thank you for your understanding.
/etc/ssh/sshd_configand then you're all set. I haven't used Ubuntu in a while, but I really don't believe it's that hard to use root as you claim. I also don't believe that you need linux just to modify partitions on usb drives.