Re: Change default desktop - or "clone" existing desktop?


I needed to perform a function similar to this for an application we
develop.  The way I did it was to setup a skeleton account say "user1"
then setup the environment as required.  I then developed a script that
I would run on the new naked account I wanted to look just like the
skeleton account.  The script would basicly copy all the files and
directories to the new account and then do a search and replace for
"user1" in all regular files and replace it with the new users name
(e.g. user2). If you what I can send you a copy of my script you could


Glynn Foster wrote:

> Heya,
> Hum, I'm willing to go out on the limb to say that this is definitely
> a requirement for 2.0 and I would love to see this in place. AFAIK
> this is already been done with the panel in so far as the sys admin
> can lock down the configuration whenever he/she wants - and then it
> is just a case of coming up with the right configuration to reduce
> damage :)
>         Anyway, difficult/impossible for 1.4 - doable for 2.0
>                 [I would think anyway]
>                                 See ya,
>                                         Glynn ;)
> "Stuart D. Gathman" wrote:
> >
> > We want to set up a number of X terminals connected to a Linux server
> > running Gnome 1.4.  We need individual logins for mail access, but want
> > to be able to give each user a simplified desktop setup.  We tried using
> > cp -R to copy all files from the home directory of a user configured the
> > way we want to a new user.  (We remembered to change to ownership of all
> > the copied files.)  Gnome did not recognize the copied configuration.
> >
> > How can we copy desktop setups?  If this is not possible, how can we
> > change the default desktop?
> >
> > <flame resistant suit>
> > Finally, can we disable or hide access to desktop configuration for
> > users so configured?  This is a "kiosk" mode with logins, and user
> > support is a big problem if the menu options and buttons are not exactly
> > as we configured them.  We are talking non-computer-literate users.
> > ("OK, now look for a picture of a footprint.  See it?  Good.  Now press
> > the left mouse button.  Do you see the line that says programs?  OK, now
> > move the mouse .....")
> > </flame resistant suit>
> >
> > --
> > Stuart D. Gathman <stuart bmsi com>
> > Business Management Systems Inc.  Phone: 703 591-0911 Fax: 703 591-6154
> > "Confutatis maledictis, flamis acribus addictis" - Mozart background
> > song for the Microsoft "Where do you want to go from here?" commercial.
> >
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