Did some work at the Jubilee Linux lab (5 old slow computers each with their own version of Fedora - 4 at the moment because one of the power supplies has died...)
upgraded to xfce-4.1.90
This is the latest version of xfce
(the lightweight desktop environment we use). It's supposed to be a beta, but for the use at the lab it should be perfectly stable (I've been using it at home to test).
The main reason for this is the kiosk mode (next item)
The other things the latest version does that was a major missing element in xfce 4.0 is you can have a start menu on the panel (similar to windows).
I haven't enabled this at the moment as people are only using a few apps
set up kiosk mode
This version of xfce has what is called "kiosk" mode which enables the administrator to set up what settings users are allowed to change (panel icons, desktop settings, etc).
I have set this up so the normal user can't change anything, and set up some default options so it should work exactly as wanted.
Note that it does make it slightly difficult to actually change the settings if you want to override it.
set up the default panel
I have set up the panel to contain a link to terminal (which most people won't use), openoffice.org, mozilla, help, log out, and the time.
I have also moved the workspace switcher from the panel (at the bottom) to the taskbar (at the top)
We had very little free space on some of the machines (20MB!!!) so I did some clean up of packages we don't use.
- removed Omni printing libraries (57MB)
- removed OpenOffice.org i18n libs (250MB) (fedora installs all the languages avaailable by default!)
Looking nice now... :-)
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