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Chromixium - release 1.0 - guest session configuration.

Chromixium 1.0 has been released. This is a version of Ubuntu thats been configured to look and feel a lot like ChromeOS. If you want to have a multiuser machine - you can configure the guest session, which is wiped clean after each user logoff.

Pretty quick to install and configure and a great way of reprovisioning old hardware.


Instructions to install Chrome and configure guest session.

1. Install Google Chrome

Go to this site http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/chrome/browser/index.html
Click on the Download button
Select 32 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)
Click Accept and Install
Click Save to download the file to your Downloads folder (google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb)
Once it has downloaded, close the browser
Open Files (file manager) from the dock and open your Downloads folder
Double-click on the file google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb and it will open in the Package Installer (GDebi)
Wait a few seconds for the package to be prepared.
Click on Install Package and enter your password when prompted
Close the Package Installer.

2. Set Chrome as the default browser

Make sure that Chromium isn't running. Check for an icon in the system tray. If it is there, right-click and select Exit.
Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a terminal window
Type in these 2 commands:
sudo cp /usr/bin/chromium-browser /usr/bin/chromium-browser-old
<enter your password here>
sudo ln -s -f /usr/bin/google-chrome /usr/bin/chromium-browser

3. Configure Guest Session

Add a new user account with the username guest-prefs.
Log in to guest-prefs and change things to what you want your guests encounter at startup.
Open a terminal window and create a symbolic link to the home directory of guest-prefs:
sudo mkdir /etc/guest-session
sudo ln -s /home/guest-prefs /etc/guest-session/skel

So configure things like the keyboard layout, remove the prompt to set Chrome as the default browser, set the desktop wallpaper, configure the Chrome homepage etc.

Now, when you launch a guest session, it will have the same preferences as you set for guest-prefs.

You now have a multi user.

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