[lug] Protecting Media Computer

Michael J. Hammel mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
Mon Dec 13 09:10:45 MST 2010

On Sun, 2010-12-12 at 22:03 -0700, Bruce Long wrote:
> I have a media computer that has all our movies, music, etc. on it. I
> have XBMC but often we need to exit and use the Ubuntu system
> underneath for file browsing, internet surfing, etc.

Use GNOME and the workspace manager. Place XBMC in one work space and
just switch back and forth with the keyboard.  I do this with MythTV and
Firefox on my media server (runs Fedora, however).

> Lately, I've had the problem of our 3 year old experimenting with
> mouse clicks and pop-up menus and I'm reminded of the three-year-old
> in the news a year or so back that clicked around on eBay and
> purchased a steam-roller from Australia while her parents slept.

Enable the screensaver with password lock.  You can add a panel app to
disable/enable on demand so it doesn't get in the way while you use the
server.  But that requires you to actually reenable it when you're done.
Michael J. Hammel                                    Principal Software Engineer
mjhammel at graphics-muse.org                           http://graphics-muse.org
Stupidity:  Quitters never win.  Winners never quit.  But those who never
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