I administer the computers in an ecological social center like a cybercafe but free with recycled desktops for public use, and I am curious about others who also administer public computers, what configurations and tricks you all use to set it up for public use, so I have created this thread for us to share our setups....
1) No multiuser. I have a single user and I keep the password to myself.
2) Skip the logon screen in System > Administration > Login window > Security and enable a timed logon so users do not need a password even if someone logs off.
3) Firefox - inside Preferences > Privacy
a) Always clear the private data when i close firefox
b) Do not ask for confirmation
- inside Preferences > Security
c) Do not remember passwords for sites
4) to play dvds and mp3s and youtube videos:
5) the quick and dirty way to display almost all unicode characters:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras flashplugin-nonfree
6) although i use ubuntu, there are some other apps many users prefer:
sudo apt-get install unifont
7) i install skype with the download from the website.
sudo apt-get install k3b kword abiword vlc
8) kopete for audio and video chat:
9) right-click on panel, add to panel:
sudo apt-get install kopete
a) disk-mounter applet
b) force misbehaving application to quit
10) I turn off all desktop effects, since most of my machines have less than half a gig of RAM.
11) I install samba and set up filesharing across the network.
I have yet to figure out a way to download one copy of an update from the repos for all the machines. instead, i just update them one-by-one.