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Old 12-09-2004, 07:32 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2004
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Distribution: FC6, FC1-4, RH9, Gentoo 2006.0/1, Slackware 10.1/2,11, Vector SOHO 5.0.1
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.gconf and .gnome2 migration question

Here is the scenario:

I am installing Linux to a computer lab. I am using Fedora Core 3. The instructor does not like the "default" view of GNOME 2.8 in FC3 (the two separated panels, and two separated menu bars), but he does want to use GNOME. He instead would like it to look like FC2. I have navigated my way around the system and figured out how to do this. Unfortunately, the lab environment requires at least 20 user accounts per machine, and the instructor wants them all to have the same "look and feel" of FC2.

If I:
1. Configure my root desktop to have the “look and feel” of FC2
2. Copy the “.gconf” and “.gnome2” directories to every user to give them the same “look and feel”
3. chgrp and chown so that the users themselves have permissions to the directories.
would I be creating security holes/future problems(ex. Some program not configuring correctly on install later on, or a regular user having access to something they shouldn’t?) anywhere in my system? Note I have not done anything else in the GUI with root, except change the desktop settings. No new keys added, no opened programs, etc.

If I am creating a security risk/future problem, would it be safer to configure the “look and feel” using a regular user and copying that around, and then configuring root separately? Or would that produce the same outcome?

This is the first time I have ever copied GUI settings around a Linux system and while I do not think that any problems will arise from doing so, I would like to be sure before driving head first into a headache.

Thanks in advance.


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