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Kiosk Mode

Some components of Xfce have support for kiosk mode. This can be enabled by creating and modifying the system kioskrc file found at:

${sysconfdir}/xdg/xfce4/kiosk/kioskrc

By default, ${sysconfdir} points to /etc

Xfce4 Panel

[xfce4-panel]
CustomizePanel=%powerusers,foo
  • CustomizePanel

This allows only users in the group powerusers and the user foo to customize their panels.

Xfce4 Session

[xfce4-session]
CustomizeSplash=ALL
CustomizeChooser=ALL
CustomizeLogout=ALL
CustomizeCompatibility=%wheel
Shutdown=%wheel
CustomizeSecurity=NONE

This allows all users to change their splash, chooser and logout settings, but allows only users in the group wheel to customize the compatibility settings and shutdown the system. No one will be allowed to adjust the security settings.

The session manager supports the following KIOSK capabilities:

  • CustomizeSplash

Whether or not the user is allowed to customize the splash screen.

  • CustomizeChooser

Whether or not the user is allowed to customize the session chooser settings.

  • CustomizeLogout

Whether or not the user is allowed to customize the logout settings.

  • CustomizeCompatibility

Whether or not the user is allowed to customize the compatibility settings (KDE/Gnome compat)

Xfce4 Desktop

[xfdesktop]
UserMenu=%wheel
CustomizeBackdrop=ALL
CustomizeDesktopMenu=%wheel
CustomizeWindowlist=NONE
CustomizeDesktopIcons=brian
  • UserMenu

Whether or not to allow user modifications to the desktop menu. If not, xfdesktop will ignore the menu.xml file in ~/.config/xfce4/desktop/ and use the system menu in $sysconfdir/xdg/xfce4/desktop/menu.xml.

  • CustomizeBackdrop

Whether or not to allow user modifications to the desktop backdrop. If not, the Backdrop settings panel will be greyed out.

  • CustomizeDesktopMenu

Whether or not to allow user modifications to the desktop menu. This includes showing or hiding application icons, as well as showing or hiding the menu itself.

  • CustomizeWindowlist

Whether or not to allow user modifications to the window list. This includes showing or hiding window icons, as well as showing or hiding the menu itself.

  • CustomizeDesktopIcons

Whether or not to allow the user to enable or disable the display of desktop icons, or change their style.

howto/kiosk_mode.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/02 17:26 (external edit)