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Re: ignore additional launches

On Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 09:29:08AM -0500, Mark Grieveson wrote:
> Hello.  I set up a computer in a homeless shelter, with access to the 
> internet.  It's KDE, with launchers on the desktop (I find that people 
> with little computer experience do not like the "start" button; so, a 
> set up reminiscent of a Windows 3.11 desktop is best, where everything 
> is plain to see -- hence, the various launchers on the desktop.)
> One problem, though, is some people feel that to press the mouse more 
> will speed up the opening of an application (like Firefox, for 
> example.)  They'll repeatedly press the mouse, perhaps thirty times, 
> while the program is opening.  Then, they'll report to me that "the 
> computer is not working again."  I'll go and close 29 (twenty-nine) of 
> the Firefox windows, leaving one open, and let them know "it is now 
> fixed."  It's set on the KDE standard of one click to launch a program, 
> because many people find it difficult to click twice in succession.  
> Opening two Firefox windows (or mahjongg, or whatever) is not a huge 
> concern.  I may change the kde cursor default to the windows cursor 
> style, though.
> Is there a way to have applications that are opening ignore subsequent 
> requests to open?
Hi Mark,
I remember seeing kiosk mode scripts that would check for a running
program and not start if this program was running. Also, there are
'killing' scripts that run in the background that check at some time
interval and kill all but one of the running programs. If you need some
help is making such a script, let me know so I can google for it. If
not, google for 'kiosk linux script' or something like that.
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