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Restricted Guest Account

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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, https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/gdm-guest-login ).


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


icons/user_comment.png M. L. wrote: (9 years ago)

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)

icons/user_comment.png T. J. wrote: (9 years ago)

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.

icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (9 years ago)

sounds like a neat community project.

icons/user_comment.png J. S. wrote: (9 years ago)

This sounds like a great idea to implement.  Would prevent quite a few issues of security blunders.

icons/user_comment.png A. M. wrote: (8 years ago)

For example, it is possible to take for a basis a package from Mandriva or Fedora.

Mandriva: ftp://ftp.icm.edu.pl/vol/rzm1/linux-mandriva/devel/cooker/SRPMS/main/release/xguest-1.0.8-5mdv2010.1.src.rpm

Fedora: ftp://ftp.muug.mb.ca/mirror/fedora/linux/updates/testing/13/SRPMS/xguest-1.0.8-6.fc13.src.rpm

icons/user_comment.png A. J. wrote: (7 years ago)

Alexandr, do you want to look at these and give it a start?

icons/user_comment.png A. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

Yes. I want.

icons/user_comment.png M. P. wrote: (7 years ago)

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 emails.

icons/user_comment.png E. S. wrote: (7 years ago)

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.

icons/user_comment.png E. H. wrote: (6 years ago)

Most other Linux distros have this feature by now and its extremely useful. Hoping OpenSUSE will follow suit soon!

icons/user_comment.png c. b. wrote: (4 years ago)

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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