[kde-edu]: New Mailing List for System Administrators
Thu, 7 Mar 2002 04:15:18 +0000
As KDE continues its steady progress into the workplace, it has become
apparent that there needs to be a mailing list dedicated to the requirements
of the busy Systems Administrator and other related roles.
Waldo Bastian has kindly agreed to allow the kde-kiosk mailing list to be
used for this purpose. As the name suggests, this list was originally created
to deal with issues related to the "locking down" of KDE systems, so that
their usage can be controlled/restricted in certain ways. This is a subject
close to the hearts of system administrators, as many questions on the
various general mailing lists have recently shown. As the kde-kiosk list was
not being greatly used (i.e. "not being used at all" really :-) it seems as
good a place as any to formally host system administration related issues.
Most people will probably be unaware of the new "kiosk-framework" which has
been integrated into the upcoming KDE3. This framework
"provides an easy way to disable certain features within KDE to create a more
(For more details, please see the 'README.kiosk' file available in the
'kdelibs/kdecore' directory of your KDE3 source code, or read the file online
at http://webcvs.kde.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/kdelibs/kdecore by clicking on
the number to the right of the filename, under the 'rev' column).
As well as providing a simple way to disable features in all KDE
applications, the framework provides methods for those applications to
realise this fact and amend their interface accordingly. For example,
'kicker', the KDE panel, will recognise if its configuration file has been
marked as "immutable" and not show the "Preferences", "Size" or "Add"
items when displaying its right click context menu. So far, kicker and
kdesktop have been made "capability aware". Other applications will surely
follow. With feedback from systems administrators and others interested in
these capabilities, (think "preventing your six year old child from changing
the system the way you set it up for him/her"), the framework can be tested
So, for all the Systems Administrators and other interested parties out
there, please sign up to the list by either sending an email to
email@example.com with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field
(and nothing in the body of the message) or by going to
and signing up online. If new users would then be kind enough to post a short
introduction note to the list, with the subject line
and a brief note of their system setup, we can get an idea of how many people
need this new service. The [introduction] bit allows the archives to be
easily searched so that people can get some background on others' setups
without everybody having to continually repeat themselves. Obviously, this is
not a requirement of joining the list.
Comments/questions/suggestions to myself or the list are welcome.