[K12OSN] Generic Accounts?

Millard Hill millard.hill at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 18:01:43 UTC 2008

I am setting up Linux thin clients for Atlanta Public School System (RHEL 5
network attached storage servers for home directories when we implement that
and CentOS 5 application servers) and we are also using autologin (kiosk
mode).  We have also setup print and USB access for them to save there data
to a thumb drive or print it out.  We presently aren't saving data on the
server, but our next upgrade of the system will allow for individual login

To setup up autologin you can make changes to your gdm config file (in our
instance, /etc/gdm/custom.conf), to set it up to log in automatically.  We
have given the thin client name the same name as the hostname which is all
determined by DHCP, so the studfents don't even have to know the hostname
they are logged in as, nor do they know the server that they are logged into
(we have anywhere from 2-5 application servers at each school).

If you want more details let me know as this is a district wide initiative,
which is centrally managed, so I may be able to you steer clear of other
issues that you may run into.

Millard Hill III
Linux Engineer
Atlanta Public Schools
millard.hill at gmail.com

On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 2:57 PM, Jamie Lists <jamielist at gmail.com> wrote:

> We're sprinkling LTSP clients all over a school in my district. I need
> to have a generic account for kids to use.
> The problem is if i make one account called student for instance. They
> all have the same home directory, which is bad.
> The only other way i can think of is to make 50 generic accounts and
> then tell the kids.. ok on this client you need to login as student38.
> Doesn't seem like such a great solution.
> Ideas?
> Thanks,
>  Jamie
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