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Old 04-09-2004, 07:48 AM   #1
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GDM faces and desktop -- trying to simplify

I'm setting up a laptop for my technophobe mom, so I'm trying to keep things painfully simple. What I want to happen is that she has a graphical menu of a few things to pick from -- email, web, openoffice -- and she just chooses a program, the program starts up, when she closes it she goes back to the graphical menu. I want no desktop, no toolbar, nothing at all to distract from the program being run. If there's anything my mom can click on that's not the program, she will, and then she'll be very confused.

So, it seems the thing to do is to set up GDM Faces, with a user per program. This is Fedora Core 1. Two problems:

1) Although I've set the users to have no password, I'm not getting any one-click joy. I have to hit return after the click to indicate no password. Simple for me, but if my mom can screw anything up, she will. How can I get the single click to login the user?

2) How can I set the "desktop manager" to be just metacity, not gnome, kde, etc. -- I just want to execute what's in .xinitrc or something similar, one program and when it's done the user is logged out.

Thanks very much for any help.
Old 04-09-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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1. no clue

2. Edit ~/.Xclients-default and the other similarly named scripts (probably don't need to mess with the others). That is how the default desktop is launched -- you can have any script here, just use background processes to launch the applications (metacity, evolution, etc...) that you need running for that X server. How to logout will be your next issue.. but you could teach her to ctrl-alt-backspace (if you disable ctrl-alt-del just in case).

I think using a simple desktop such as XFCE4 would server you well in setting this up, the panel can be stripped down quite nicely and give you the logout for free.

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