wow such a huge thread for some thing so simple my mind boggles
Mods I posted something similar on on another tread it only had two posts but I just seen this and since its a problem
for most people id thought id repost it in the thread thats most warranted

to enable apps to run in root in ubuntu just recompile i see some people post is there a way to do it another way without recompiling

lol this is linux B**ches welcome to world of compiling dont be so lazy

wget -c
tar -xvf vlc-0.9.9a.tar.bz2
cd vlc-0.9.9a
apt-get build-dep vlc
./configure --enable-run-as-root
make install
apt-get install libvlc-dev libvlc2
This goes for all apps that dont run root as default the same apply's use the flag --enable-run-as-root

WHOOT WHOOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

any problems please post and ill help you out its the proper way to do it forget messing with the hex values