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6:54 pm on May 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I taking on a personal project which requires a basic kiosk system, you know, the normal fully locked out system and stripped down HTML browser.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a simple solution?

*edit*

CD-ROM or USB boot preferred.
10:29 am on June 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I built a bunch off these once, but using LTSP (the Linux Terminal Server Project) and network booting. If you can boot off CD or USB key it should be even easier - I'd be surprised if there wasn't a Ubuntu remix for this.
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I found one version out there that was almost perfect, the fault settings worked great, just needed to add home page lock, wireless user/pass, and default homepage. The problem was the lack of clarity of how to setup the user parameters. =(

I will look into Ubuntu.

Lacking experience outside of just OS installation, Linux is a bit cryptic for me.
5:32 pm on June 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Find a local linux user's group. Sometimes they're happy to help (i.e. free consulting).

Fine a decent linux consultant and have them step you through it. This is the route I normally take. I've got the basics, now show me the rest.
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Mandriva and Fedora have an xguest package that sets up a guest user. All changes are lost on logout, so the next user to login gets a clean slate.
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I taking on a personal project which requires a basic kiosk system


Try Xpud. It's about 50MB and runs great, fast load, enable your wireless and ethernet drivers and it has built in firefox browser. You can download additional packages with office or whatever you want.

You can boot from CD or live USB, even install it on your desktop as a instant on option.

Sure Ubuntu is a nice option, running from HD provides a very fast boot nowadays but Xpud is still the winner against all (with gui). Other than that, try tinycore, from Simple Linux.
Good luck.