Lock UNR Launcher for student account

Asked by tetsuo29 on 2009-12-18

Hi. I'm setting up 25 Acer AspireOnes with UNR for use with middle school students. I would like to lock the UNR launcher on their accounts (i.e. prevent the addition, deletion, or moving of icons). I'm hoping that there is a setting I've just been overlooking, or a file that I can take away their write permissions from in order to accomplish this. I've asked this question on another forum (https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/netbook-remix/+question/91263) and not gotten any bites. Help. Please. Thanks. :-)

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tetsuo29 (russell-martin) said : #1

I may have solved my own problem. I ran the following commands:
chmod -R u-w /home/student/.gconf
chmod -R u-w /home/student/.gconfd

This seems to have done the trick. I don't know if it will have any ill side effects.

tetsuo29 (russell-martin) said : #2

Okay, that didn't work. I mean, it worked, but it caused errors on the next reboot/login.

jfmchivall (john-johnchivall) said : #3

You can leave .gconfd and .gconf as chmod u+w but limit the write access to the specific subdirectory for netbook-launcher:

chmod -R u-w /home/student/.gconf/apps/netbook-launcher

You can do this for each specific subdirectory you want to lock down, however gnome does like to write to a lot of these dirs in the normal course of a session. Use gconf-editor to browse the configuration to get an idea of what you can write-protect and what might need to be left.

Hope this helps!

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