So the saga of the computer lab is ongoing. As you recall, I installed Windows XP and Open Office on a P4 Dell several months ago as the start of a computer lab at The Lighthouse. For an internet connection, I bought three of these low profile wireless connections from OTV in Saskatoon with the idea of installing three desktops out there. My thinking was that with the low profile adapters, they wouldn’t be noticed and why would someone steal the one piece of equipment needed to get online. I was wrong. They were all stolen. When they weren’t being stolen, clients would do anything they could to make sure others couldn’t get online. It was frustrating.
As I wrote recently, Chris Powell’s solution was Joli OS which was an elegant and functional Linux solution but when we went to install a wifi card into the machine today, it only accepted Windows drivers so back to Windows XP we go. The plan is to install Windows SteadyState on them.
SteadyState provides simple control of more than 80 restrictions covering both individual users as well as the system as a whole. Many of these settings are based on Windows’ Group Policies, while others are implemented by SteadyState itself. Using SteadyState, an administrator can forbid a user from performing actions that may be undesirable for that environment. Some settings include the ability to turn off the control panel, disable registry editing tools, disable the command prompt, and stop the user from executing batch files or programs not in the windows or program folders.
We’ll see how this goes, shortly after Windows XP installs about 300 updates. Now I need to figure out how I keep the speakers from being stolen.