Hi Shawn --
Thanks for the options. I'm familiar with some of the ways to restore a
desktop to its' original configuration at the next login -- I need a way
(as in Deep Freeze) to *prevent* the user from changing icons or the
desktop wallpaper during the session. We have a small contingent of YAs
who love to play "shock the librarian" with their choice of (ahem)
scenery ... To my knowledge this type of lockdown is a standard feature
for most programs written to help manage public-use computers in a
Shawn Boyette ☠ wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM, Darrell Eifert
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> a small
>> program to set folder permissions may be able to lock down a Gnome or KDE
>> desktop to prevent users from changing icons, menus, or wallpaper.
> Option 1: Why lockdown?. Simply make a snapshot of the desktop As You
> Want It, and everytime someone logs in, overwrite the dotfiles with
> the stock ones. Everyone gets the default desktop everytime they
> login, no matter what. Unix is all text files; take advantage of it.
> Option 2: Why lockdown? If you have persistent user identifiers of any
> sort, *stash* the user's desktop at logout and *restore* it at login.
> If someone horks things beyond repair, log 'em out, nuke their config
> set, and they get the default on next login. Everybody gets *their*
> desktop, everytime they login, no matter what. Unix is all text files;
> take advantage of it.
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