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Revival of an Oldie but Goodie: Kiosk's Possible Return?

Mar 03, 2009, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristin Shoemaker)

"With the release of KDE 4, Kiosk sadly fell into a state of limbo. Now, however, KDE developer Ian Geiser wants to bring it back to life on KDE 4.

"If you've never used KDE's Kiosk and you work in a setting where it could be useful, it's well worth giving the old version a try if you've got a spare machine. Depending on your situation, using a distribution that's locked down with the KDE 3.x Kiosk tool might be quite sufficient and secure. Even if it's not something you'd prefer over the long term, it's a neat project and well worth some exploration now.

"The Kiosk administration panel prompts systems administrators to create new accounts (and profiles) for the Kiosk deployment. Each profile can be locked down easily, through the graphical interface, allowing the administrator to restrict not only applications, but options within those applications. Can these things be done without the interface, singularly, by hand? Yes, yes, they can, and as I admitted earlier, I spent way too much time doing so. I did a good job, in the end, but believe me when I say the Kiosk tool was faster, easier, and thought of more areas that needed locking down than I did straight away."

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