ANNOUNCING The second annual FLOSSIE Conference being held on 14th and
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This year's FLOSSIE Conference focuses on explaining and demonstrating
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I was looking around for Linux active directory support and found an article
on ms services for UNIX. Which apparently allows Linux clients to
authenticate to ad as if it was a nis and nfs server.
My questions, would this be a good direction to take for active directory
migration? By that I mean the following...
Setup ms services for UNIX, use the server for nfs and to authenticate Linux
boxes with ad user accounts as if it was a nis server
Deploy Linux desktops, set up nis and nfs on the clients.
Migrate ad user accounts to a real nis and nfs server, ensuring to implement
a secure channel for nis and nfs to travel over. How to do this yet I don’t
Main reason for this idea of migration is the xp pcs requirement of group
policy, I couldn't move over to samba/nfs/nis until there were no xp pcs.
>From this, I do think this method could allow me to move more slowly, due to
proprietary software holding me back. Waiting for successmaker to come out
with cross platform capabilities, which I've been told they are working on.
>From step 2, how would be best to go about altering the users environment in
KDE? Can kiosk allow you to alter an home directory of a test user that can
be used as a default profile like how xp works? Sorry for the comparison,
but I can only work with what I know. I would also like to make the menu
locked for students, so would that be a case of read only-ing their menu
folder. Also can you prevent someone from using sudo?
Im still contemplating my distro for here and am seriously considering mepis
because of how slick it is and that it using true debian repositories.
Unlike some distros I know...
Does freenx have to co-exist with ltsp in order for thin clients to benefit
from freenx? As it seems it's not a thin client in itself.
Sorry if I got the wrong end of the stick on this one, Im still learning.
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I have a client with a network manager's job coming up in September.
Commitment to Linux and uses Linux servers and thin clients. Based in
North West. Anyone interested send me an E-mail for further details.
Ian Lynch <ian.lynch(a)zmsl.com>
I am just rebuilding our LTSP server, (which had a hard disc fail).
The last time I editied one of the config files to force execution of
icewm, regardless of what the student clicked in kdm,
but I cant remember what I did!
Is there a) a cleaner way of doing this? something that didn`t require
hacking of scripts is much easier to document.
b) what am I likely to have editied? I thought it was
//etc/X11/xdm/Xsession, but that didn`t "look" right.
Thanks to all that helped with login and screen res problem.
Next question how to write to a CD-R.
And the second question how to access usb memory sticks.
As always this is in mandrake.
--- Paul Sutton <zen14920(a)zen.co.uk> wrote:
> so typing init 3 changes to level 3 by starting / stopping various
> servies , typing init 5 does the same for runlevel 5.
> If you are in level 3 you can no longer type ctrl-alt-f7 to switch
> to X, however at the prompt you can type
The only caveat with that is if any specific services are started in
one runlevel and not another, then it won't be persistent -- which is
not going to be a good thing if it is something important. Hence:
Remains in the same runlevel, and no harm done.
> for the record, runlevels 3 and 5 are multi user and multi user with
Under most distros this is true -- but not for Debian.
> startx to start X, and therefore typing ctrl-alt-backspace will kill
> xserver / window system and return you to a console. you can then
> re-configure X to change and and try running startx again. There
> should be a xf86config file that contains the settings and an X set
> utility, however I am not sure what they are called anymore, since
> moved to x.org, I assume not much has really changed.
See my actual reply to this. Xorg hasn't changed the syntax.
-- Thomas Adam
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On 6 Jun 2005 at 14:53, Thomas Adam wrote:
> | Class |
> / \
> +-------------------+ +----------------+
> | Classification | | Student |
> +-------------------+ +----------------+
> | |
> | |
> / \ / \
> | Belief |
Yes, that's the design I was refering to in an earlier post. I've
implemented it in the database, although I've used the name
student_classification instead of Belief.
I've also made a view v_student_ethnic2 that gets student ethnic data
from student_classification instead of the previous 'look-up' table.
This view, that will show a few records, illustrates my point. What
is to prevent a student being given 2 ethnic groups. In the view,
there is indeed a student with this unwanted duplication.
With a design like this, the only ways I can see to prevent such a
a) A trigger on student_classification that would delete the previous
ethnic group for a given student should a second get inserted.
b) Only allow inserts to student_classification via a stored
procedure that does the checking and adjustments for you.
I've yet to write either a trigger or procedure in PostgreSQL but I
assume such things are easy to do.
However, triggers and procedures immediately make the design non-
portable to other databases. Now I think that in the longer term,
that's inevitable, but I was hoping for a design that could delay the
requirement for such things for as long as possible.
Right got mandrive or what ever it is called these days..
Anyway need cause got old screen plugged into it to need to set screens res
etc to low size and res..
Anyway can't do this as once login screen comes up unreadable.
Right so first question how do you boot into terminal.
Second question how can later size from terminal
I'm using kde if any help..