The creators of GNOME – a popular Linux desktop environment – have designed the next version to be easier for administrators to deploy in enterprises. GNOME 2.14, which is due for release on March 15, includes technology such as a profile manager (called Sabayon) and an editor to lock down PC functionality (called Pessulus.) The profile manager software can make profiles for groups of users, and can create default and mandatory settings for these groups. The lockdown feature can disable certain functionality in the GNOME desktop, for example forbidding users to edit panels, use the command line and so forth. Applying these kinds of restrictions, of course, is a feature that has been available in Windows operating systems for some time.
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