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Pinet control applications seen by clients

Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:55 am


does anyone know if / how you control the viewable apps available to a client when they boot up.

For example say, I want to configure
(1) Client A, to see Wolfram but Client B has it hidden so they cannot launch
(2) Hide Wolfram for all clients

Note I don't want to uninstall it just hide it so it's not visible at bootup on the clients
(i'm using PiNet - Alpha) i.e on RaspberryPi 3B+ with Stretch.


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Re: Pinet control applications seen by clients

Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:39 pm

PiNet lead developer here. Unfortunately I am not sure of a nice way to do what you are after, certainly not cleanly anyway.
You can configure a Pi to auto log in with a specific user by its MAC address, but that user can still in theory access every application installed on the base image which all users share.
I know some users have set up startup scripts for specific users so it opens a web browser in kiosk mode etc, but beyond removing shortcuts etc for specific users, not sure how best else to approach this one.
They will always be able to launch applications via the terminal anyway if they know what they are doing.
Lead developer of PiNet, a free and opensource centralised user accounts and file storage system for Raspberry Pi classrooms used in over 200 schools across the world.

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