[SOLVED] add regular (standard) user to workstation

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[SOLVED] add regular (standard) user to workstation

Postby peteralm » 2020-12-17 19:04

I'm stucked when searching for how to create a user account with "normal" privileges in a Debian Buster workstation. I've been searching everywhere, the Debian handbook, this forum, the Internet.

The user needs to be able to do normal user tasks like:
be able to browse the Internet, using normal Office programs or other programs an user should be able to run. He or she should not be able to use sudo (so not member of sudoers).

I've created a new user via the GUI with "standard" user rights. (In meanwhile I also restricted the user by chmod 0750 all directories under /home to restrict the user not to see other home directory contents than his own homedir.

The problem I'm facing:
When starting my workstation and logging in with the regular user, the network needs to be started. The workstation asks to enter the password of the first (admin) user on my workstation to elevate privileges to be able to do this. I would expect that network startup could be done automatically.

Wherever I search, nowhere a proper guide has been found by me how to make my regular user the desired way. Not even in the very large Debian handbook. I do find how to grant an user sudo privileges, but this is not what I want.

I would appreciate help in achieving my goal, so in advance thank you for your help offered.
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Re: add regular (standard) user to workstation

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-12-17 19:14

See https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debi ... er_account & https://debian-handbook.info/browse/sta ... ounts.html & https://debian-handbook.info/browse/sta ... onfig.html

You should explain how you have configured networking. Our family laptop will connect to the interweb for all users without them having to be in the netdev group; I use a custom systemd unit file though so it's not exactly typical.
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Re: add regular (standard) user to workstation

Postby peteralm » 2020-12-17 21:19

It was quite simpler than I thought.

In the user settings under advanced there is the option to add or remove the privilige to allow wireless or wired networking.
Although I searched fairly long, my eye just catched this option when not using unlock in user management, but accessing it from a privileged account.

So sorry for bothering everyone with a no brainer after all. But thank you anyway.
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