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SOLVED: How to choose programs available to another user

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SOLVED: How to choose programs available to another user

#1 Postby reidun » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:05 pm

Hi, I can't find any info on this topic, maybe I'm using the wrong terminology. I made another user login on my laptop for my 6 year old son, and now I want to set it up to only access programs I choose, so he doesn't mess up my stuff. I can't figure out how to do this. Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#2 Postby uncle mark » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:34 pm

reidun wrote:Hi, I can't find any info on this topic, maybe I'm using the wrong terminology. I made another user login on my laptop for my 6 year old son, and now I want to set it up to only access programs I choose, so he doesn't mess up my stuff. I can't figure out how to do this. Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


If he's a separate user, nothing he does should mess up your stuff.
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Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#3 Postby Adrian » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:41 pm

Another user should be able to access the system programs, but should not be able to access your data or change your personal configurations and won't be able to change system wide configurations without the root password, so I would say you are fine, you don't need to do anything special.

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Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#4 Postby megatotoro » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:59 pm

If you want him to have access only to the programs you choose, you could simply delete the unwanted programs from the menus of his session. If he's 6 years old, it will be long before he figures out how to run the programs that are not shown in the menus. That's the easy way out, I know...

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Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#5 Postby BitJam » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:20 pm

I think a chroot jail would do what you want. It will give you a lot of control over what your son can do. It is possible to break out of a chroot jail but if your 6-old can do that then it is probably safe to let them have access to the rest of your system.

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Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#6 Postby reidun » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:38 pm

Thanks! I like the suggestion about deleting the programs in the menus, except I can't figure out how to do it. There isn't an option to delete when I right click on them, and I can't find anything in system settings or by googling either.

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Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#7 Postby eemaestro » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:51 pm

Right-mouse-click on Application Launcher Menu, then click Edit Applications to bring up a new dialog box to let you remove programs---I am guessing, haven't actually done it yet. Now that you've successfully set up a username account for you son, why don't you set up another user account for testing purposes? You can try editting the Application Launcher Menu there before changing your son's menu.

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SOLVED Re: How to choose programs available to another user

#8 Postby reidun » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks! Did that and I think it will work just fine for what I want.


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