While they can behave differently (mostly on non-Ubuntu systems), gksu and gksudo are not really separate topics. They're provided by the same package (gksu). They're even the same executable (which can behave differently depending on how it's invoked...but rarely on Ubuntu). Furthermore, the vast majority of questions asked about them don't have anything to do with any su vs. sudo distinction.

Therefore, I don't think it makes sense to have separate and tags. While gksudo seems slightly preferred as a command and there are more questions tagged , I think the main tag should be since that is also the package name. But I don't think it really matters which is the main tag. I do think we should:

  • have both of them (no blacklisting)
  • have one of them be a synonym of the other

I would suggest the synonym myself, but I don't have a high enough answer score in the tag. Furthermore, I think the community should decide which should be the main tag.

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    I'll vote for the short one. gksu as the main tag
    – Anwar
    Commented Jul 15, 2012 at 17:15

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Thank you for your attention to detail. :)

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