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    Best Linux distro for Parental Controls


    So I need some help picking out a distro to run on my son's laptop. I want some pretty serious parental controls due to his age. And ideas?

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    Well any distro can be locked down merely by giving him a non admin account, with the exception of Puppy it seems. If you mean Internet controls, then have a look at open dns for a remote solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Well any distro can be locked down merely by giving him a non admin account, with the exception of Puppy it seems. If you mean Internet controls, then have a look at open dns for a remote solution.
    I understand that, but I am looking for something that will help me with a 1st grader that will give me control over use times, content filtering (not just for the web, but games as well), chat and email logging and filtering. I know that the vast majority of these can be done from the command line by restricting the user (I have done enough Linux administration in my work environment to know that), but I need this to be something that is fairly easy to do since I am the only Linux person in the house and my wife will need to be able to make these adjustments. I haven't gotten her completely in to Linux yet, so she is still learning I was wondering if anyone happened to know of a distro that could do this well. I seem to remember a Ubuntu flavor for schools, but I don't remember much beyond that.

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    Found this discussion for Ubuntu which may help.

    Was this the one you meant or maybe this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Found this discussion for Ubuntu which may help.

    Was this the one you meant or maybe this?
    Those are pretty close. Thank you for posting them.

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    techradar.com/news/software/applications/6-of-the-best-content-filters-for-linux-698307 (this is a web site just too new to post it as one)
    Gives you a really good break down of the best solutions. IMHO Dansguardian is the best, but takes a lot of know how and patience to get it working well, (mind you that was a few years ago and the setup process may have been improved greatly since then) but once you get is running does a very good job.

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    Thanks, it looks like DansGuardian is closer to what I am looking for.

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