ubuntu-xxx dependencies & group assignment for sound & co

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Thu Mar 31 12:12:41 CST 2005

On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 10:38:37AM +0200, Adrian Gschwend wrote:

> Hi all,
> I posted this to the users list but got no feedback so I try it again here.
> We consider using Ubuntu Linux at our University on all of our x86
> machines. We did evaluate the current setup and so far we are quite happy
> with it. However, we do have some problems left and I am interested in
> comments about it:
> - we do not want to install stuff like ppp and
> arabic/chinese/whatever fonts on our systems. We simply don't need it. Now
> we tried to get rid of them but we noticed that those things are most of
> the time a dependency in ubuntu-base or alike packages. Is there a
> special reason why all of that gets installed by default? Doesn't make
> much sense to me IMHO. What is the recommended way to get rid of those
> packages without breaking Ubuntu or without getting them the next time we
> do an update? Our disks are not that big on some machines and we have a
> dualboot with Windows so disk usage matters for us.


Should answer your questions.

> - We authenticate our users via an LDAP & Kerberos Server. Every student
> is in the LDAP directory. We also have groups in the LDAP but they are
> mostly used for permissions on the home directory (which is an NFS share).
> Now the questions is how can we make sure that students can mount cdroms
> and play sound without being in the required groups? It wouldn't be very
> comfortable to us to add each student to each of those groups. Again, I am
> looking for a solution that doesn't break Ubuntu or change the next time I
> do an update of it.

Why is it a problem to add these users to the necessary groups?  That is the
simplest and most robust solution.

 - mdz

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