OK, I’ve searched the interweb and found the classic cure for running Gnome as the root user with no luck. Yes I know this is not recommend, but I am OK with the risks. startx works fine if logged in as a regular user, but fails when logged in as root.
I’ve reviewed the issue of commenting out the line in gdm-password file, but that line does not exist. I’m not a pam expert so I cannot figure out what change needs to be made. Not sure if it is a pam, GDM, or some other change that needs to be made.
Any help would be appreciated.