eyeOS: Your Own Private Linux Cloud that You Control (part 2) - page 2
Configuration and File Sharing
You should review the system settings for your server. Click the eye icon in the lower right corner of eyeOS and select System Preferences. Then click the System link, as Figure 2 shows.
Let's start on the System tab. The System Name appears along with the username on the browser title bar and other places. The User Quota setting lets you set a limit to how much disk space accounts can use. You can change the amount or uncheck the setting to not impose any limit. The Create Thumbnails option toggles whether or not thumbnails appear for the icons of images when user's browse through their files. Unchecking this can help conserve bandwidth on the server and network.
You should also review the Permissions tab. Allowing user registration would put the Create User button on the login page where anyone can create a user account on the server; use this carefully. The allow public dirs option gives users the Public directory where they can share files among each other. The Allow Web Upload option lets users upload files to their own account.
Creating users and groups
If you installed eyeOS onto your own server, you can create and manage users. To get started, click the eye icon in the lower right corner of eyeOS and select System Preferences. Then select the Manage users link, and click the New button. Now you can input the account details, including the permissions or account type.
Giving someone User permissions prevents them from creating accounts and doing other system changes, even installing applications. The Maintainer permissions let you give someone rights to manage users, but not system administration. Finally, the Administrator permissions would give full rights to a user.
If you have different types of users, you can create groups by clicking the Manage groups link. Then you can return to the user settings and assign them to groups. You can also fine tune permissions using the Access Control settings; select the link on the System Preferences window.
Looking forward to eyeOS 2.0
Don't get too used to eyeOS. Version 2.0 will have a much different look and enhanced features. The release is already set for January 1st, 2010. As their blog says, it will feature a new desktop, applications, filesystem; pretty much everything.
Eric Geier is an author of many computing and networking books, including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Microsoft Windows Vista (Que 2007).
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