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    Prevent student from changing gnome classic desktop background on Edubuntu 12.04

    I am currently a technology coordinator in my school in the Bronx, USA. I have 22 desktops in a computer lab running Edubuntu 12.04 32-bit. I want to prevent these students (standard user) from being able to change the desktop background.

    I tried installing and using gconf-editor and going to gnome>desktop>background and right clicking on the background image key, clicking "Set as Mandatory" and entering the admin password. There was no indication it went through, and even after a system reboot, I could change the background simply by right clicking on the desktop, choosing "change desktop background" and clicking on any other image.

    What am I doing wrong?!? Please help!

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    Re: Prevent student from changing gnome classic desktop background on Edubuntu 12.04

    Try doing what outlined here, which is exactly what you need.

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    Re: Prevent student from changing gnome classic desktop background on Edubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by zombifier25 View Post
    Try doing what outlined here, which is exactly what you need.
    zombifier25, thank you for your quick repsonse! I just tried this, and no errors were reported. However, it did not work and I could easily change the background by right clicking on the desktop, choosing "change background" and selecting any image.

    Any other ideas? I read somewhere that gconf has been replaced by dconf? I tried following the directions here <https://live.gnome.org/dconf/SystemAdministrators> with no luck.

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    Re: Prevent student from changing gnome classic desktop background on Edubuntu 12.04

    Is it possible since this is a gnome classic fall back desktop on Ubuntu 12.04, that I need to edit compiz? I know little of this, so if this is the case, can someone point me to a tutorial to lock the background image (wallpaper) so students cannot change it?

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    Re: Prevent student from changing gnome classic desktop background on Edubuntu 12.04

    dconf does not seem to be installed on edubuntu by default. I tried installing it and following the guide to create the site and local defaults and then create the lock file inside the specified directories (I had to create all directories myself). That did not work
    Last edited by wittyman37; February 14th, 2013 at 02:08 PM. Reason: Specifying it did not work

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    Re: Prevent student from changing gnome classic desktop background on Edubuntu 12.04

    So I have found a workaround for now. I can add a startup item that runs the following command:

    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri "file:///usr/share/backgrounds/edubuntu_default.png"
    This will change the desktop background back each time the user logs in (or boots up). This is not perfect, but it will work until I find a real way to completely block the user from changing the background image like I can in Windows 7.
    Last edited by wittyman37; February 14th, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

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