Re: Thoughts on roaming laptop setup for Debian Edu
[José L. Redrejo Rodríguez]
> mmm, I got /home0/username, not the server info. Maybe the home
> information is different in our ldap servers
With NFS, such setup would cause NFS hangs for a lot of processes
(anyone doing the equivalent of ls -l /), so we choose
/skole/host/home0/username for Debian Edu.
Great. I'm unable to reach the server now. Not sure what is wrong.
> The application is thought to do more things from the servers to the
> clients: announce disk clonations, nfs shares, desktop icons and
> jclic libraries. Currently only nfs shares is implemented and used
> in production. Disk clonations is tested and works with lenny, but
> don't work in squeeze due to the new grub setup.
Sound very useful, and perhaps a better idea than our current autofs
> So for us, the benefits of being able to share the laptops are
> greater than the problems ssh access can cause in some case.
Right. I've asked for pam_mkhomedir to get pam-auth-update
configuration in Squeeze (#485282), and home it will be available in
time. If it is, setting up such configuration would consist of
installing a libpam-mkhomedir package. :)
> mmm, let me check it next week in a school. I don't remember how I
> did it, but I know it works :)
Thanks. I am aware of two solutions for this, one using nscd and one using pam-updatedb.
> wicd works for us better than network-manager because:
> - the network connection is done before the user logins, wich is
> important if you use automount or just ldap netgroups
> - in Gnome, network manager is integrated with the gnome-keyring-manager
> deposit that's very complicated to be used by teachers.
> - wicd has a very nice hooks system that allows us to do somethings
> before or after getting a connection (maybe network-manager also has
> something similar, I've never checked it)
Sound like wicd might be a good solution for roaming workstations. It
should be possible to configure network-manager to configure network
before a user log in (ie at boot), but I have not been able to get it
In KDE, network-maanager is integrated with kwallet, and ask for
wallet access even for non-encrypted wireless networks. :)
> Sure, and it's very different doing some thing for anyone in the
> world, than doing it for an controlled environment. The latter is my
> case, so I can do some things that probably are not adecuate for a
> general case.
Yeah. We have a framework in place, but no-one documented how to use
it and I doubt anyone is using our framework for distributed