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Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu Lockdown Options? 387

Posted by samzenpus
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First time accepted submitter clava writes "We have a desktop Java testing application that is going to be administering tests to students on lab computers running Ubuntu 10.x. These computers are used by the students for other purposes and we're not allowed to create special users or change the OS configuration. When the testing app is launched, we need to restrict users from exiting the app so they can't do things like search the internet for answers or use other applications. Is there a good way to put an Ubuntu machine in kiosk mode or something via our application and have exiting kiosk mode be password protected? Any ideas are appreciated."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 07, 2011 @07:38PM (#38297134)

    Just use the default Unity desktop bundled with recent Ubuntu releases. It's so fucking unusable in every respect that malicious and benign users alike will want nothing to do with it. They'll use only the Java testing application solely to avoid having to deal with Unity.

    You'll never have to worry about them using Facebook, or adding additional users, or installing their own software. Even long-time Unity users have a whole fuck of a lot of trouble doing those things. Many just learn to accept that they never be able to.

  • by PixetaledPikachu (1007305) on Wednesday December 07, 2011 @08:45PM (#38297934)

    Even long-time Unity users have a whole fuck of a lot of trouble doing those things. Many just learn to accept that they never be able to.

    There's no such thing as "long-time unity users"

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Wednesday December 07, 2011 @09:04PM (#38298074) Homepage

    yes there is, Anyone that has used unity for more than 1 hour and has not went on a murderous spree because the interface made them go completely insane.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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