Is there a way to setup nautilus so that when my user attempts to view a folder owned / locked by root, it asks for the root password?
Kind of like running a nautilus browser using sudo, from the terminal.
A good place to start at look for nautilus scripts here.
Install gksu nautilus-gksu libgksu2-0 for nautilus to right click and open as administrator.
press Ctrl+Alt+T copy and paste this:
once it installs
now you have right-click properties for admin
edit: This used to work for 11.04 however please see this link Where is the »open as administrator« option in Nautilus gone?
The first answer explains the workarounds.