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Re: [K12OSN] kidproof education-aimed menu program/desktop profiles/etc..

That is the EXACT style of system I am attempting to develop, with the use of XPde (www.xpde.com) which also happens to make the systems look just the the windows equivalents which we happen to run in a series of other labs. I know its possible to set up read only "start menu's" in a sense, I am just in the process of writing the group based selection side of the desktop environment. This will then allow me to assign different source directories for the start menu depending on their GID. Anyway, I have waffled enough already, if you like the sound of what I'm doing, I am managing, but help is always appreciated.

Just incase your wondering why I want my linux box to look like an Xp box, I dont want to have to re-teach all the teachers, and have them re-train all the kids as to using a new operating system, so making the machines look and feel like XP allows the pupils to continue without re-learning anything.



From: <bsmoke bryant dsc k12 ar us>
Reply-To: k12osn redhat com
To: <k12osn redhat com>
Subject: [K12OSN] kidproof education-aimed menu program/desktop profiles/etc..
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 16:34:55 -0600 (CST)

Being in education, I know most of us are familiar with programs, such as
winu, where you set what programs come up on a menu system.  The
users/kids do not see windows underneath, they just see what programs we
want to put on the menu system.  I would love to implement a k12ltsp
rollout for our kindergarten/1st grade, with gcompris, tuxtype, etc...
Has anyone found an opensource program/menu frontend that is similar?

I also have need for something similar to profiles...

Let's say I have a keyboarding lab, that I only wnat to access
openoffice/staroffice, and the typing programs that come with k12ltsp.

I also have another lab at the Jr. High, that would be on the same k12ltsp
server, that I want those students to be able to play wiht mozilla, and
staroffice/openoffice, and maybe a few other different programs...

So, I'd like the desktop for one lab to be one way(group based, so no
matter what students we add to the group, all those students get the same
and the other lab to have a totally seperate desktop, with only the
programs I want to make available.

Anyone have any input into this?
Barry Smoke
District Network Administrator
Bryant Public Schools
Bryant, AR

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