User access and control

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User access and control

Postby tiohero » Thu May 17, 2012 11:15 am

Hi there. I have just recently begun the process of installing Sugar on a Stick 6 (Pineapple) 0.94.1. I am installing the OS on a variety of different machines that have been donated to a non-profit computer refurbishing center where the machines will be re-sold to the public at a minimal cost for the end-user (located in Ithaca, NY). The major problem I am encountering relates to user settings. I need to figure out a way to "lock" the computer so that settings and configuration can only be controlled by an administrator with password access. The goal is to prevent the end-user from playing around with terminal and potentially changing settings resulting in unintended consequences. It would also be nice to have the ability to lock users from accessing certain activities, etc. Please let me know if you can provide direction. Thank you!
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Re: User access and control

Postby sandy|XO » Sat May 19, 2012 11:20 am

You may have some reasons to want to lock out users from Terminal access, but maybe it would be worth reconsidering the overarching principals involved in open source learning tools and platforms.

Basically having the ability to install and even change software is at the heart of free and open software, so having access is essential.

On the other hand, countries may seek to limit control root access for major deployments. However to control access combined with reselling seems to be also sliding away from FOSS ( see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_o ... e_software )

In any case, you may want to pursue your questions at more active forums such as "sugar" on IRC and read up on options at http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick and http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/The_undiscoverable

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