Solution for OEMs/Gnome

Murray Cumming murrayc at
Thu Apr 13 13:27:45 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-13 at 14:34 +0200, email.listen at wrote:
> > It's available as System/Administration/User Profile Editor in Ubuntu
> > Dapper. I don't know about Breezy.
> It is far away from what KDE Kiosktool offers and both are far away what other 
> operating systems offer.

Could you be more precise? The GNOME developers repeatedly ask for
system administrators to tell them what they need.

Maybe you have not seen the Lockdown editor (pessalus) available from
Edit/Lockdown when you edit a profile.

> In the moment I would judge only kiosktool to be a usefull tool for desktop 
> configuration.

I did just try kiosktool in Dapper, but couldn't get very far because I
kept seeing dialogs with this error:
Could not start process Unable to create io-slave: klauncher said: Error loading 'kio_fish'. .
I assume I just got unlucky with that.

But as far as I can tell it is much the same as the GNOME lockdown editor 
plus some special dialogs to do the same things that you can do in the Sabayon profile editor. 
The difference is that Sabayon lets you set up the profile in the same way that you would as a 
normal user, by using a nested session in a window, instead of forcing you to hunt through a series 
of dialogs and lists of check boxes.

By the way, I believe that the GNOME User Profile Editor (sabayon) handles (or is meant to handle) 
KDE settings as well as GNOME and mozilla/firefox settings.

Murray Cumming
murrayc at

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