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Old 04-21-2005, 04:37 PM   #1
Sm1ler
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Cool All users have the same theme and settings in Gnome


Hi Everyone,

I am sure I have asked a question like this before but I am hoping someone can give me a good solution to this issue. I will soon have to rebuild a family members PC and I want to move them from MS to Linux to save myself tones of maintainance). One problem so far! - They have 6users of that PC and only 1 of them has a clue how PC's work. What I want to do is set up one user (my sister) with a simple default theme MacOS-X from gnome-look.org, create all the desktop shortcuts they will ever need and set up all the required file types, apps and everything so it looks and feels good simple and clean cut and easy to use. Then I want to create all the other users to be identical without having to go over the setup one by one.. I want everything to be the same and I also want to create a shared area where they can put data they want to share with each other.

Any help with this one would be great guys and gals. They will all use only Gnome, Openoffice, a few little games, Firefox etc nothing to special.

Thanx
Sm1ler
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:55 AM   #2
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I set up user1 with the desktop and everything the way it should be. Then, I use those settings to populate the /etc/skel which is where all newly created users get default settings from.
Code:
Make a template for all new users when they are created: ( as root user )
rm -rf /etc/skel
mkdir /etc/skel
rsync -av --exclude='.thunderbird' /home/user1/ /etc/skel
Now the new users should have identical settings.
Make user2 and see if you get some popup messages about things that belong to user1. If so, just press cancel for each popup. Then logout of user2 and back in as root user.
Now re run make the /etc/skel using the settings from user2 this time....
Code:
Make a template for all new users when they are created: ( as root user )
rm -rf /etc/skel
mkdir /etc/skel
rsync -av --exclude='.thunderbird' /home/user2/ /etc/skel
That should fix it so any new users don't get those popups.

Edit: I excluded thunderbird as you don't want all users to have the same email.

Last edited by homey; 04-22-2005 at 08:56 AM.
 
Old 04-23-2005, 05:57 AM   #3
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Hi homey

Many Thanks for your reply. I will give this a try as soon as I get the system to rebuild (should be in a day or so). I will be building the system with Fedora Core3 and I don't think I will be setting them up with email anyway as I think it would be better for them to use Yahoo or Gmail or something else managed for them. I don't really mind configuring a few mail clients for them should they require it, my really worry was getting the system to look as user friendly as possible and setting up all the nice splash screens, file types, shortcuts, app bars etc etc.

If it's not point and click they will be on the phone to me all day and night!!!!

Plus with FC 3 I have to worry about mplayer plugins for DVD's, Xine, Mp3's etc etc so it's gonna be a bit pain anyway.

Thanks for your help.
Sm1ler
 
Old 04-23-2005, 09:44 AM   #4
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If it's not point and click they will be on the phone to me all day and night!!!!
I feel your pain!
I recently had someone whom I haven't seen in six months call and ask me what is thier password. He futher insisted that it was only one key as he saw me use just one key.
 
  


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