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Restricting Linux Desktop in School Environment

Can someone help point me in the right direction to find information on setting up restricted user desktops in a school environment.

I am proposing using edubuntu, and want to limit users desktop settings, and their ability to run only "approved" programs.  I have seen Suse and the Kiosk Tool, but am looking for info or indeed a tool that will work on other distributions.

I imagine I would need to "chown" various files?

I am new to Linux - so please do "dumb down" your suggestions for me! Thanks!


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I don't really know any details but maybe this is possible for you by using the "sudo" program.

$ openoffice
--you are not authorized

but if they use "sudo":
$ sudo openoffice
--it works

This is all speculation.  Even if you get it working you might have other troubles, such as saving files, security, etc.

or like this, e.g.

alias openoffice='sudo /home/authuser/openoffice-wrapper'
A few ideas for you:




My experience shows that kids like to be able to 'trash' everything and have maximum control. Just make sure that it is easy to get back to the original state:)

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highwaterheadAuthor Commented:
Thanks pjedmond.  Links have given me plenty to think about!
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