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You are probably adding the & after the command which somehow doesn't work in Fedora while using su or sudo.

Ways to run GUI apps as root from terminal are as follows: (ordered as most preferable first)

  1. su -c gedit and su -c nautilus (requires root password)
  2. sudo gedit and sudo nautilus (requires user password with root privilages)
  3. su and then from root, just simply evoke whatever app gedit & or nautilus & (this is considered risky if you be careless here; and ampersand works here)