Xfce 4.6 Administrative tools (Kiosk mode)

Stephan Arts stephan at xfce.org
Mon May 14 23:57:31 CEST 2007

On 5/8/07, Stephan Arts <stephan at xfce.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have been walking around with the following idea for quite some time
> now, and it has to do with using Xfce in Kiosk mode. Xfce is (as we
> all know) a resource-friendly Desktop Environment, and as such it is
> used on thin clients and kiosk systems.
> For these purposes Xfce is equiped with a Kiosk mode, settings which
> allow administrators to prohibit users to change some of their
> Xfce-related settings, like the organization of the Xfce4panel.
> Personally, I think that the possibilities of a Kiosk-mode have not
> evolved along the line the rest of Xfce has. This is, at least in my
> opinion, a pity. I think it could be a powerful tool for sysadmins and
> something rather unique to Xfce.
> I would like to bring some attention to the Kiosk mode in general,
> what do we want to do with it for Xfce 4.6?
> Some thoughts (just a brainstorm, could be nothing):
> * Administration tool (for optional graphical configuration by admins)
> * Fixating the location of mcs-manager settings.
> * Enable / Disable channels of mcs-manager.

What do you think about the possibility to force certain (or
(near-)all xfce-related) settings on specific users / groups?
As a result this would deny them from making 'custom' modifications of course.



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