Set centralized policies for KDE

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Mon Nov 2 12:32:49 GMT 2009

On Sunday, 2009-11-01, Andreas Moroder wrote:
> Hello,
> is there something like ntconfig.pol or Active Directory to centralize the
>  policies for KDE desktop users in big networks ?

KDE's config is based on a concept similar to the $PATH search, i.e. when an 
applications looks for a specific setting, KDE's config framework will walk 
through a list of occurences of this setting.

Usually the one "closest" to the user is taken, e.g. if present in the user's 
config file, *unless* it has been restricted "further away".
That's called the Kiosk framework [1].

So, if for example, the hierachy consists of the distribution's config as the 
top, adjusted by company wide and/or group wide restrictions followed by the 
users' own config files (e.g. being mounted as a network shared), any setting 
locked down at the medium level will be used as configured there, anything 
else will be taken from the top level unless overwritten by the users 


P.S: As far as I know it is currently based on this INI-style files, but I 
haven't tracked any work in that area so I have unfortunately no idea whether 
a config server based KDE config backend exists or is being worked on.


There is a mailing list for it as well, kde-kiosk, but it seems to be not very 
active either.

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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