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Parental control module

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It would be fine to have a GUI in YaST similar with Mandriva's Parental Control "Drakguard".

Parental control is something more en more important for safety with computing in family and Linux can't avoid to be distributed into the families.



System owner can select profiles that define what local system elements a user can access.  Specifically, desktop configuration and "main menu" items.  Could be based on data in user profile (e.g., age or a rating).  Ability to set a network proxy based on the user profile. 

Ability within Yast to select and customize desktop profiles for users.  Would like ability to apply profiles to multiple users and updates to profile structure would update users assigned this profile.  Most current concepts of a profile work at user creation time and updates only impact users created after the update.

Would like mechanism that works with Gnome and KDE


icons/user_comment.png J. S. wrote: (8 years ago)

This is a sound idea.  i back you all the way.

icons/user_comment.png J. T. wrote: (8 years ago)

very useful

should be in every distro --

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

I am against this idea. I don't believe Linux should include and promote censorship systems based on personal beliefs of what's right or wrong to see. If someone is of the belief that seeing certain content can harm children, there are external tools that can be found and installed for that purpose.

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

Freesoftware(in my opinion) is only software, which makes your's computer your's, not owned by software developers.

icons/user_comment.png O. S. wrote: (8 years ago)

It sholud be optional

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

Supervising the child instead of attempting to implement an impossible piece of software would be a better solution.  The Australian Government poured over 100 million US dollars into developing a child-safe filter that was bypassed in 30 minutes by a kid of 14.  And by bypassed I mean disabled and the main password for the parental control system retreived.  Pointless feature.

icons/user_comment.png P. T. wrote: (8 years ago)

It is a disarabe system. When you are a parent, you can understand why you do need it. Not all childs are hackers and it is impossible to supervise childs 24/7. So, even as a 1st line of defence, such control should exists in openSUSE. If Mandriva did it, openSUSE can do it too.

icons/user_comment.png T. R. wrote: (8 years ago)

At least in KDE can the Kiosk tool be used to handle this, or improved easily so it can?

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

I support this request. It would be handy to parents! Optional package of cource,

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

I support this idea as well. It goes even deeper: How do you control a remote PC (running maybe a different operating system than openSUSE)? At least for me it would be sufficient to have an easy control over the network data that runs over my (openSUSE) server...

icons/user_comment.png G. D. wrote: (8 years ago)

I actually use opendns to do what is being described above, see  -


[from url]

OpenDNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world.

What it provides see ->http://www.opendns.com/solutions/overview/

I guess provide an option to use it could be  made  available.

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

I personally love the idea... with so many linux systems on schools computers this is really a desired feature. Maybe integrating on Yast isn't the best but installing applications like timekeeper and nanny would be nice. Also using  filesystem ACL would control users a bit.

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

May be a wiki about the already existing possiblilities (like WOT - Web Of Trust, ...) could be at least a beginning.

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

Not better extendent Yast by new tools, like site blocking tool, extend user configuration module, etc.?

We can also add tutorial to providing explemation how to configure system.

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

Linux is about freedom and choice right? So give users the freedom and choice to enable controls on their openSUSE systems to protect their families and children. For those who are concerned about censorship, control, etc., I say it would be an optional feature and has little to no impact on those who don't want to use it. Adding useful features to openSUSE only broadens its utility and appeal. Other Linux distributions, like Mandriva, and other OSs like Mac OS and Windows offer parental control functionality, which would be most useful for schools and families.

icons/user_comment.png G. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

I vote for a program like Mandriva/Mageia's Parental Control "Drakguard".

Last change: 5 months ago
Score: 44
  • Negative: 12
  • Neutral: 2
  • Positive: 56
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