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Allow a user to log in when their home directory is missing

mikewillis

December 3, 2009 3:24 pm

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If you administer Linux machines where the home directories are mounted from remote servers then you may have experienced the annoying situation where one of those servers goes down for some reason and as a result some people can’t log in to the Linux machines with a full GNOME session.

This guide explains how to configure machines running SLED 11 to allow a user to log in with a full GNOME session even when their home directory cannot be mounted from the remote sever.

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Hacking on the Slab

mikewillis

September 22, 2009 3:09 pm

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The Slab, aka GNOME Main Menu, (http://en.opensuse.org/GNOME/Slab) and its associated [no-glossary]Application Browser[/no-glossary] and Control Centre have some good points and some bad points. This article describes tips for customisation, the aspects I dislike and what I have done about them. It is largely written with a view to a scenario where the users of a SLED 11 machine do not have root.

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How to Make GNOME Desktop Effects Disabled by Default

mikewillis

June 11, 2009 2:14 pm

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By default, SLED 11 will enable Desktop Effects in GNOME if it considers the hardware to be capable of supporting them. This article describes how to prevent GNOME from enabling Desktop Effects by default, whilst still allowing users to enable them if they wish to do so.

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How to have one or more variants of an AutoYaST profile without having to maintain them

mikewillis

January 14, 2009 1:11 pm

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Mike Willis shares a tip on how to have multiple variants of an AutoYaST profile without having to maintain them.

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Easily Enable NTFS Read/Write Support on Multiple Machines with NTFS-3G

mikewillis

December 2, 2008 12:57 pm

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SLED 10 Service Pack 2 introduced read/write support for NTFS volumes via the inclusion of ntfs-3g, however even with ntfs-3g installed NTFS volumes still mount read-only by default. This tip explains how to enable use of ntfs-3g on multiple machines with ease and how to change the overly permissive permissions ntfs-3g sets for volumes it mounts.

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