Solving the dual-boot problem with Secure Global Desktop



I'm back to running the Secure Global Desktop (SGD), this time on the X2100. As you may know, I've had the recent "requirement" of dual booting my laptop. Until the world catches on to the open systems, open tools and open format groove, I'll have to deal with it. To get around this, I am leveraging the Web. I've returned up bloglines as my RSS feed reader. Sometimes the Web isn't enough. Yeah yeah, that's bordering sacrilege.

There are times when I want to do some software development or zones work. Windows doesn't cut it. VMWare doesn't run on Solaris X86 (I have an personal grudge with running it on Windows :) ). Plus, I've got a brand spanking new server to put to use, and I can access it from \*anywhere\*. The natural thing to do was to install the Secure Global Desktop(SGD), with the security pack, on the X2100. What really helps is applying Sun Ray tuning techniques to SGD, in particular section 7 of this documentation with minor tweaks. I've appended what I actually implemented leveraging ThinGuy's expertise at the bottom of this entry.

From a security perspective, I created a zone, applied the Solaris Security Toolkit and audit it regularly with BART. And, of course, take snapshots  (not quite cron'd yet). Next,  these security pack steps were applied to get it up and running securely in short order.

Note,
Here's the Gnome tweaks:
gconftool-2 --type bool --set \\
   /apps/gnome-session/options/show_splash_screen false

gconftool-2 --type bool --set \\
   /apps/gnome-session/options/sun_extensions/viewed_about_jds_three true

gconftool-2 --type string --set \\
   /apps/gnome-session/options/logout_effect black

gconftool-2 --type bool --set \\
   /apps/metacity/general/reduced_resources true

gconftool-2 --type string --set \\
   /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options none

gconftool-2 --type string --set \\
   /desktop/gnome/background/primary_color 000000

gconftool-2 --type string --set \\
   /desktop/gnome/background/color_shading_type solid

gconftool-2 --type string --set \\
   /apps/metacity/general/theme Simple

gconftool-2 --type bool --set \\
   /apps/panel/global/tooltips_enabled false

gconftool-2 --type bool --set \\
   /apps/panel/global/tooltips_enabled false

gconftool-2 --type float --set \\
   /desktop/gnome/font_rendering/dpi 86


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