Best Way to Secure Linux Desktop.

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hey, I'm setting up a Linux computer lab at my school and I need to set it up so that students can't change their backgrounds or change any of the visual settings.

I'm currently using SuSe 9.1, and KDE. I've tried myself to lock it down by chmodding the files in the home directory to 755, and then chowning it to root. That seemed to work but the system seemed to load up a bit slower.

I was wondering if anyone had a better way to do this.

Thanks in advance.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Have you seen the KDE Kiosk mode readme? You can find the latest version here:
http://webcvs.kde.org/kdelibs/kdecore/README.kiosk?rev=1.55&view=markup

You might want to change some of the permissions back again though - I would have thought KDE would write to the filesystem, even if just temporary files, and not being able to do that would probably slow it down.
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Thanks Maedhros, that was exactly what I needed.

Edit.

For reference I also found a simple GUI tool that manages the KDE Kiosk Framework in KDE 3.2. It's called kiosktool and you should be able to find a rpm or deb for your distro.

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