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Re: [K12OSN] Introduction and questions



Mike,

To lock down desktops Gnome try Sabayon
http://www.gnome.org/projects/sabayon/

This tool is like the Kiosk utility for KDE but for Gnome. You will need
to install both sabayon and sabayon-admin. You can do this by using yum
(yum install sabayon, yum install sabayon-admin. Hope this helps.

-Paul




On Sat, 2005-12-03 at 20:26 -0800, Mike Ely wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I'm Mike Ely.  Just started up as the Technology Specialist for Rogue 
> River School District #35 down here in Southern Oregon, and one of my 
> top priorities is getting a student lab up and running at our middle 
> school just in time for online state testing to be completed.
> 
> I've done LTSP before in a school district, but previously did most of 
> the work myself as I used SuSE in order to take advantage of its tighter 
> KDE integration and the most excellent Kiosk API that comes with that 
> (and incidentally, was able to get linux to respect Active Directory 
> group membership when choosing a skel directory for new user logins). 
> In this case I really don't have a lot of time to build something from 
> scratch, and have been meaning to try an education-specific distro 
> anyhow, so this effort gets my nod.
> 
> I'm wondering if anyone here has information related to desktop lockdown 
> for this distribution (I'm really rusty with Gnome, as I haven't used it 
> at all on the desktop ever since the "spatial browsing" situation 
> manifested).  I'd like student users to get a very limited desktop (that 
> I define) and not be able to goof around with it - they can save their 
> documents to a network share - and am willing to allow staff users 
> access to more of a default general-purpose desktop.  My current 
> environment is fairly straightforward: we have a Samba 3 domain for 
> 'doze clients, not nearly enough Macs, and for this particular server, 
> all the student users will be logging in with the same domain account. 
> This presents a potential difficulty with regard to Firefox and also 
> with OpenOffice, as my recollection was that both of those applications 
> really didn't much like being launched more than once by a given user.
> 
> If anyone's seen solutions to the particular problems I've mentioned 
> above, I'd love the opportunity to avoid re-inventing the wheel, and 
> also if anyone wants more information about the things I did with LTSP 
> before (especially with regard to AD integration), I'll be more than 
> happy to answer.  I look forward to working with this list.
> 
> Cheers,
> Mike Ely
> Technology Specialist,
> Rogue River School District #35
> Rogue River, OR 97537
> 
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