[Koha] running Koha on a dedicated computer?
hl_yg01 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 16 11:37:04 NZDT 2007
We've got a question that I hope can be answered here. We're currently running
Koha on a Debian Linux PC. This PC is dedicated for patron use in the Library
and is usually unattended most of the time.
The problem we're having is that kids are constantly using this machine for playing
games and web surfing. I'd like to lock down this PC so that it is used only for Koha.
I've tried firewall rules to prevent general web browsing but apparently this can be
defeated (how they do it I don't know). I've tried deleting the games links in the Linux
desktop start menu but there is always the Terminal window that can be opened up
to run programs.
How can I set up this dedicated PC so that it can ONLY run Koha? This would mean
disabling all options to execute everything other than Koha (via the web browser) and the
option to log off/shut down/restart.
Ideally, what I would like is to have a default user profile in Linux that, when logged in,
would only allow Koha to run and nothing else. I could envision this as no icons on
the Desktop or Panels and nothing in the Start menu except the Log Out or Shutdown
choices. Koha would automatically start up on the web browser when this login profile
is started. If I can get a user profile to do this, then I can have another user profile for
Library staff to use that has a "normal" Linux desktop.
Has anyone done this sort of thing in Linux? I'm willing to move to another distro if
it is available elsewhere.
I've also heard from a few years back that Linux firewalls (I am using GuardDog) cannot
have user-specific profiles as Linux only supported a single firewall profile for all users.
Has this situation changed more recent releases of Linux?
Thanks for your help,
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