Originally Posted by nickdalzell
Unlike Windows Linux forgets things like the wallpaper setting if that session wasn't properly logged out.
I have yet to see that--and I'm in my 22nd year of using Linux.
EVERY aspect of a user's experience on Linux is controllable by the user [or the sysadmin]. You might want to take a look at your mom's configuration files in ~/.kde/share
. Again, EVERYTHING is controllable on Linux--unlike on window$--usually with plain English configuration files--unlike on window$--that can be hand-edited or can be modified via 'system settings' type menu entries in your GUI.
I'm too tired and bored right now to offer any in-depth help, so I'll leave you with this simple, but not elegant, solution: Save a copy of her ~/.kde
directory somewhere safe; make sure you save it when everything's working/looking as wanted. The next time she screws things up, just copy the backup back and you're good to go. Or, better yet, have a startup command that does it automatically.