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[openFATE 306282] Restricted Guest Account
Feature changed by: Karl Cheng (qantas94heavy)
Feature #306282, revision 29
Title: Restricted Guest Account

openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Stephan Kulow (coolo)
reject date: 2009-08-12 11:18:00
reject reason: no volunteer and only 5 votes.
Requester: Desirable
Projectmanager: Neutral

openSUSE-11.4: New
Requester: Mandatory

+ openSUSE Distribution: New
+ Priority
+ Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Stephan Binner (beineri)
Partner organization:

openSUSE should support a "Guest" account with a temporary home
directory and restricted permissions (via AppArmor, like not being able
to start application with console privileges, looking into home
directories as "other" user etc.). An authenticated user has to
enable/start this user account. This could be either implemented with a
by default existing but inactivated user account (like Windows) or
temporary created user account via login manager/session switch applet
(like Ubuntu,

Use Case:
Allow to lend your laptop to someone else for quick email check,
surfing or playing music at a party.

#1: Michael Löffler (michl19) (2009-03-25 17:20:47)
This sounds to me more like a corner case. And I always like fate
request where even the requester doesn't stand really behind the
request (desirable)

#2: T. J. Brumfield (enderandrew) (2009-06-13 21:58:26)
I think this has some possibilities for "kiosk" use as well, though I
think a specialized live-CD is still the best way to go for a kiosk.

#3: Stephan Kulow (coolo) (2009-06-24 12:34:31)
sounds like a neat community project.

#4: John Shand (jshand2008) (2009-07-11 07:35:58)
This sounds like a great idea to implement.  Would prevent quite a few
issues of security blunders.

#5: Alexandr Mityunin (xandry) (2010-09-22 16:20:48)
For example, it is possible to take for a basis a package from Mandriva
or Fedora.
Fedora: ftp://ftp.muug.mb.

#6: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2010-11-08 16:27:20) (reply to #5)
Alexandr, do you want to look at these and give it a start?

#7: Alexandr Mityunin (xandry) (2010-12-05 10:23:24) (reply to #6)
Yes. I want.

#8: Michal Papis (mpapis) (2010-12-12 02:36:09)
I would ask for a button "Lock my session and open guest session" So I
can give my laptop for short use to somebody, like checking sites or

#9: Electric Squid (electricsquid) (2011-06-29 20:03:58)
A guest account is mandatory for Prey Project App (stolen laptop
recovery) to be successful. The rogue user needs to be able to log in
for Prey to start capturing information, webcam pictures of his/her
face, and IP address information.

#10: Edvard Holst (loki657) (2012-04-28 12:59:12)
Most other Linux distros have this feature by now and its extremely
useful. Hoping OpenSUSE will follow suit soon!

#11: christian barranco (chbar) (2014-01-27 03:26:49)
I just move from Fedora 20 to OpenSuse 13.1. So far, I am very
satisfied by this move. However, I miss the xguest feature I had with
Fedora. Not knowing anything on this field, is it really difficult to
get the xguest feature of Fedora working for OpenSuse as well ? Thanks
for your great distro and support.

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