Password-protecting files. New ubuntu feature?

Wade Smart wade at
Sat Nov 12 20:53:24 UTC 2005

11122005 1447 GMT-5

Im facing some serious walls with the school. Not only does it have to 
look good, it has to be fast and efficient. Windows is neither of those 
but to bet them off windows I have to get both of those.

I'll have to install K Ubuntu to play with that.

Give the students separate accounts isn't really the answer here. These 
arent student user machines. These are the machines in the front office, 
in the admin office, where students serve as assistants. I have been 
lead to believe that at least once potentially twice enough office 
personnel have been out of the office and the students have been on the 
machines. Its also true that the students do work for the office on the 
machines. So as I understand it, they (the office) want to be able to 
secure certain files and/or folders. I'm working with them the best I can.

Thanks though for your input. To pull this off I will be asking many 
more questions.


Lee Braiden wrote:

>On Saturday 12 November 2005 18:44, Wade Smart wrote:
>>Im not sure to what length they require. I just know the school is about
>>to spend a LOT of money on new licenses and that that is not the only
>>answer. This is just my guess but Im thinking they want some type of
>>file security on each computer incase they (office staff) walk off and a
>>student sits at the desk.
>The easiest solution for that is to simply have them log out, or use a 
>screensaver that locks the screen and makes them give their password to use 
>it again.  KDE's fast user switching might be useful, too.
>>They might surf online and look at something 
>>but things such as pre-made forms and what-not will not be accessible to
>>them. Im just guessing. I dont have control of their IT setup but - I
>>know it stinks. I am pushing strong for a change though.
>Just giving students a separate account would solve that, though.  By locking 
>down a student's account to just what they're allowed to do, you'd gain all 
>sorts of security benefits, *and* help them to concentrate on what they're 
>supposed to be studying.  With a tool like KDE's kiosk system, you could also 
>lock down their browsers, so they can't look at porn or violence etc., by 
>locking their browser's proxy settings, to make it use dansguardian for web 
>filtering.  This could also be used to prevent viruses and such things being 
>downloaded, which could otherwise compromise security.

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