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Re: remove "shutdown" option from gnome system (not gdm!) menu?



On Fri, Oct 06, 2006 at 02:10:46AM +0930, Tim wrote:

>>  On Thu, 2006-10-05 at 10:47 -0500, Berna Massingill wrote:
>>  > What I'm kind of wondering, though, is how any of this helps if users
>>  > have physical access to the machine's power switch
>>  
>>  One thing that springs to mind is to intervene (put something that
>>  intercepts what the menus usually do), so that when someone does use the
>>  shutdown option, they get a warning in their face that this is a
>>  multi-user machine, and they should just log-out, instead, unless they
>>  really need to turn off the box.  Then give them appropriate choices
>>  (logout, reboot, shutdown).

(Sorry about the long delay in responding.  Things get hectic sometimes.)

That would be a good solution, all right!  if only I had time to implement 
it -- unless there's a quick and easy approach I'm not thinking of?
Maybe write something quick-and-dirty in some language that supports
GUIs, and have it executed instead of shutdown?  which could probably be
done by making appropriate changes in /etc/gdm/custom.conf, guided by
/usr/share/gdm/default.conf ....

And I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea to try to make my case about this
being a usability defect in -- whatever mailing list or forum is used by
the GNOME developers?  not that it will necessarily have any effect, but
might be worthwhile to at least speak up.

-- blm


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