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    Default KDE Kiosk in Public Environment?

    Hi everyone,
    I am using OPENSuse (11.2 with KDE) at home since quite a while. Now i wanted to go a step further ...
    Our local library computers are very slow running XP ... it takes almost a minute to open firefox only ...
    So since the office got new computers, i was thinking about deploying one there as "server". The other four could connect at login to this machine and use its resources instead.
    BUT: All that should run in a kiosk-like mode. In my research I found the kiosktool which apparently doesn't work on KDE 4.3 and 4.4.
    SO: Do you think it is OK to use KDE 4.2 instead (i read that it should work then)? How secure would that be?
    Or my preferred way: Is there an alternative to the kiosktool? As far as it works, it looks very good but unfortunately the settings don't save and apply ...

    Thanks for ideas ...
    Matthieu from Germany

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    No ideas?

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    Do not know the kiosk tool, but this also sounds a little bit as if it is
    also an application field for the linux terminal server

    http://en.opensuse.org/LTSP

    Do you consider that too or is it completely wrong for you.

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    Matthieu-DS wrote:
    > No ideas?



    i have to believe that the "best way" to do this with Linux was solved
    long ago in Germany....i know many local governments in Europe have
    been using open source a long time to drive down costs and drive up
    usability/speed..

    perhaps you could find better help on a 'sister' forum linked from
    http://forums.opensuse.org/ (scroll down and you will see several
    location/language specific fora, try: http://www.linux-club.de/

    no help there, come back and holler! ok?

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    palladium

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    Does the kiosktool from the OBS not work your you?

    http://software.opensuse.org/ymp/ope.../kiosktool.ymp

    It is especially made for kde >=4.3.1



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    Default Re: KDE Kiosk in Public Environment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthieu-DS View Post
    No ideas?
    What exactly do you want to achieve? If it's about having /home on a server and manage users from there, I'd rather go for the NIS+NFS combo.
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    Default Re: KDE Kiosk in Public Environment?

    You do not even need OBS it is in the standard 11.2 oss repository.

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    I am an active member of another OpenSource Community. I thought it would be better to ask here than in a localized forum because i think the "real" experts sit here rather than in a smaller one ...
    The KioskTool doesn't save/apply anything one did since the newer KDE versions. I didn't test it on anything older than OS11.2, but according to a text i read days ago, it worked with KDE 4.2. But i cannot test that ...
    Someone stated, that the concept would be replaced by KAuth in 4.4 ... but that doesn't make any sense to me?
    LTSP is an idea, but i would like the machines to run on their own, if the server is offline. Should be better in public places i think.
    I would connect the machines on startup using XDMCP so they use the resources of the server. The old machines are too slow as i described above. It would also decrease the amount of maintanence needed from 4 to one machine.

    Thanks,
    Matthieu

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    Again nothing?
    Thanks anyways,
    Matthieu

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    It looks as if kiosktool is no longer really maintained from what I can see
    in google.

    Is kde for you the only option there are some similar things for gnome which
    are maybe worth to look at:

    "Sabayon" and "Pessulus"

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