[ubuntu-uk] RE- Changing default settings for all users

Duncan Collins duncancollins at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 12:47:44 BST 2008


I am usually a silent member of this list.
However this is very close to what I am trying to do,
to set up a work client for an otherwise Windows network.
I have had some success in using Sabayon to do some of what you mention

Install Sabayon
System Administration - User profile editor
Add a profile
Create Icons, change settings etc
Set profile for all users.
I'm not sure this includes proxy server settings ( I could also do with
knowing how to do this for all users )
Unfortunately I did some of this and it worked, I then went back in and it
kept crashing when saving changes.

Also with the other issue I'm struggling with I managed to corrupt my
sudoers file on my test virtual machine, so have had to go back to a backup
and am still redoing things

The other issue is I want to map windows network drives when a user logs in,
probably by putting a script in /etc/profile.d

Drives are for example \\server\users\username
or \\server\data
so I need to run comands like

sudo mount -t cifs -o user=collind,domain=windowsdomain,password=password
//server/data gdrive.

The problem is the sudo, as the windows domain user will not be a sudoer
Hence my unsuccesful attemps so far at enabling /bin/mount for all users in
the sudoers file.

Been trying with
user ALL = NOPASSWD: /bin/mount, /bin/umount

I am using 8.04.1 and Likewise

I see you posted this a while back, so hopefully you have had some success
now, I'de be interested in hearing your findings
and other words of wisdom anybody else has.




Hi folks,

I'm in the process of trying to roll out Ubuntu across one of our
offices as a replacement to Windows XP.  At the moment on Windows XP we
have a standard desktop which includes desktop background, Internet
Explorer proxy settings and other tweaks.

Now rather than have the hassle of setting up each individual users
desktop when they first login I was hoping it would be possible to set a
default desktop configuration for each new user.

I just wondered if it was possible?

What I was looking at doing was setting up Ubuntu to authenticate
against the Windows 2003 Server (so I don't have to create a bunch of
individual accounts too) and have their home directories mount to their
user directory on the server.

I vaguely remember reading something about default settings in /etc/skel
but after looking in that directory I see there are just some default
files for bash.  Is it possible to put a set of default files in to
/etc/skel and is there any specific configuration files I need?


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