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Re: Internet Cafe



On Mon, Sep 18, 2000 at 09:26:50AM +1200, ChrisHellberg wrote:
> 
> Jens B. Jorgensen" wrote:
> > 
> > This shouldn't be too tough. I'd look at radius for authorizing and accounting. It's
> > built for this kind of stuff. As for automatically logging people out this should be
> 
> <<snip>>
> 
> ah, thought of that too. The problem with this is, I would have to
> create ppp over ethernet connections to the radius server. This
> shouldn't be too tricky to set up, but still a mission nonetheless. 

maybe i missed something but why would you need such a hideous
protocol like PPPoE to use radius?

> Another problem will be overcoming the mental barrier for users that
> they're not in windows. Sure things like enlightenment is a bit of a
> no-brainer for end users and there are things like Star Office to cater
> for those who need MS Office.... Might be able to do half linux and half
> windows to see how things go.

use the qvwm windowmanager, and a win95 theme for gnome.  the users
will never know its not windows.  

they might notice that you don't have MS Office, but just tell them
its too expensive ;-)  

a great advantage to using GNU/Linux here is it is much easier to
secure a GNU/Linux box for public use then a win* box.  (yes yes
physical security, its much easier to notice someone prying a case
open and walk over and hit them with a cattle prod to make them stop.
then it is to notice them quietly installing god knows what from the
internet.)

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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