[Bug 13069] New: gksuexec should allow to select software through a menu

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           Summary: gksuexec should allow to select software through a menu
           Product: Ubuntu
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: other
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: gksu
        AssignedTo: michael.vogt at ubuntu.com
        ReportedBy: lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net
         QAContact: desktop-bugs at lists.ubuntu.com
                CC: lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net

The use case "Joe wants to edit a configuration file as root" or, more general
"Joe wants to run software as root", is currently hard to deal with.

When running applications with Applications -> Run application..., user can
select an application in a list of "known applications" (whose user-friendliness
could be improved, but that's not the point).

But when running applications with Applications -> System tools -> Run as
different user, the user has to know the executable name, which isn't very user

Possible solutions :
- add the sudo feature to Applications -> Run applications (my favorite
solution, even if it is bloated)
- add the software list to gksuexec (causes duplication of code - not really
justified except from a development POV)

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