Dedicated Gnome desktops with Pessulus and Sabayon


Article from Issue 70/2006

Gnome version 2.14 includes new features for restricting the user’s access to the system. The Pessulus lockdown editor and the Sabayon profile editor help manage the Gnome user experience.

KDE’s kiosk mode helps admins restrict the use of publicly accessible desktop PCs to a browser or a dedicated GUI-based terminal application. In this scenario, the user is limited to the command line or a small set of applications. The Pessulus [1] lockdown editor and the Sabayon [2] profile editor provide similar benefits for the Gnome environment. GConf Since version 2.0, Gnome has stored desktop settings in XML files managed by the GConf system. When launched, Gnome first parses the system configuration defaults, which typically reside in /etc/gconf, although Suse uses /etc/opt/gnome/gconf. Gnome then adds the files stored in the .gconf directory below the user’s home directory. User preferences have priority over system defaults.

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