[xubuntu-users] Re.: Re.: Background

fred roller fredroller66 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 10:50:14 UTC 2017

When I set up a PC lab for a homeless non-profit my fix was to let them log
on with the Guest account.  The Guest account's skeleton file is what got
customized and did not require a password.  They could change things in
part but changes where lost as the Guest account reset on the next log-in.
It had the added benefit of being a lot more restricted than even the user
account.  For the volunteers I set up a LDAP access so they could log on
any system on the network.  It was a bit of a work around but worked well

Another possibility I started to play with was to cluster all the PCs and
create a thin client/server environment.  This puts permission
establishment in the user profile on the server and the PC becomes client
work stations.  Users could customize all they wanted or as little as you
let them if memory serves, the profile followed them.  You need a fairly
robust network for this option though because of the traffic requirements.

I have seen kiosk style setup where the log-in went straight to program and
when the program ended the user was logged out.  In this scenario you could
set up Moodle, an open source course ware, that the students are prompted
to log into and the underlying system is never seen.

And depending on the environment and age group of your students you could
put Sugar on the system, which is designed specifically for what you are


My two bits, HIH.

-- Fred

On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:30 PM, Bruno Benitez <gridcube at gmail.com> wrote:

> what you want is kiosk mode:
> https://wiki.xfce.org/howto/kiosk_mode
> 2017-06-20 15:23 GMT-03:00 Ralf Mardorf <silver.bullet at zoho.com>:
>> On Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:09:39 +0000, João Morais wrote:
>> >I will try to explain again.
>> >So this is for my school and we are trying to install Xubuntu 17.04 on
>> >every PC. We have a admin account to setup the permissions and
>> >everything else, and we have have the other account that will be like
>> >"normal", it won't have any admin permission. So, what I want you to
>> >help me with is: trying to set up that "normal" account to not change
>> >any background settings (wallpaper, colors, etc.). Because, as you may
>> >know the little kids are always trying to make their own "desktop".
>> >Please, if you know a way of doing this help me.
>> Hi,
>> if they anyway should not set up their individual desktops, then for
>> what purpose do they need their own accounts? Can't they simply use a
>> guest account? If they would change something, it automatically would
>> get reset for the next session. IIUC they do not have their own
>> accounts, they share the same account, so instead of using a regular
>> user account, let them use a guest account.
>> https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/shell-guest-session.html
>> Hth,
>> Ralf
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