[K12OSN] Putting folder icons on user desktops

Brian Chase networkr0 at cfl.rr.com
Thu Apr 29 03:04:37 UTC 2004

I'll respond with an alternative to what your propose in question 3.  My 
guess is, everyone likes graphical stuff, so their first inclinations is 
to do something with the desktop.  I hope to read other responses to 
this thread and learn about that myself.

Now to my suggestion.

   1. Create a "group" for each different class in "users & groups"
      configuration however you would normally do that, I like Webmin to
      do this, but there's a GUI for this administrator tool in GNOME
      and KDE as well.
   2. Edit the group to add the members of the appropriate class by
      their linux username.
   3. For each group created, make a directory under /home for that group
   4. chmod 730 /home/<newgroup>/

        for each of the groups corresponding to each classroom

Now, from the root GUI, open up nautilus, navigate to /home, right click 
on the appropriate dropbox, and select make link, then drag it to the 
desktop, then drag it to "push icon to all desktops" icon.

Logout root, save settings on exit.

Done, that drop box is on all users' desktop.  Not the complete solution 
you're looking for, but close and functional.



John P. Conlon wrote:

> I'm still working with the drop folder from the "student problem" 
> messages.  Thanks for the info on those but here is my next couple of 
> questions.
> 1. How can I push a folder icon to a users desktop and have it stay 
> there even is the user resets his destop?
> 2. Once the folder icon is on the students desktop how can I keep 
> him/her from chucking it into the trash?
> 3. Our typing teacher teaches 7 classes so I plan to create 7 drop 
> boxes, one for each class.  Is there a way that I can put each class's 
> folder only on its desktops?
> For the person who stated that the room should be rearranged, we have 
> tried to get our district to rewire the room for that reason.  They 
> have said no so we're stuck with outlets around the walls.  We have 
> arranged the room as best possible but if the teacher leaves her desk 
> to help a student then she has her back to most of the lab and I don't 
> know how you can get around that problem.
> Thanks
> Bye
> Pat
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