Porteus Kiosk Edition 3.3.0

A portable Linux operating system specifically designed for public institutions and Internet cafes

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What's new in Porteus Kiosk Edition 3.3.0:

  • Upgraded all system components to latest version from Gentoo stable branch including linux kernel-3.18.8, xorg-server-1.16.4 and mozilla-firefox-31.5.0. Full list of packages used for creating this release can be find under this link.
  • Introduced Central Management which allows to control multiple kiosks from one configuration file stored on your server.
  • Implemented support for WPA2 Enterprise (EAP-PEAP) wireless authentication method and 2G/3G dialup connections. Special thanks to Danielle Otto from University of Wisconsin Whitevater and Dr Viral Bhatt for helping with implementation of these features.
  • Added support for automounting of removable devices formatted with FAT*, NTFS, XFS and ISO9660 filesystems under the /media folder. Internal volumes stays hidden, removable devices are mounted as 'read-only' and opened in a separate firefox tab. This feature allows to view or upload pictures/pdf/text files in kiosk. It's not possible to save anything on removable devices by default.
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GPL (GNU General Public License) 
OUR RATING:
5.0/5
DEVELOPED BY:
The Porteus Team
USER RATING:
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HOMEPAGE:
porteus-kiosk.org
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Porteus Kiosk Edition
Porteus Kiosk Edition is a specialized distribution of Linux that provides users with a locked down computing environment, designed to be deployed on public libraries, Internet Cafes or any other business establishment that provides Internet access to their clients.

Allows users to build their own Kiosk flavors of Porteus Linux

Porteus Linux is known for booting very fast, supporting various languages, allowing users to install, remove or update system packages and applications from a custom Software Center app, as well as for its unique, dependency-resolving package manager.

The Kiosk edition is different for the other Porteus flavors, mainly because it is not distributed as a predefined ISO image. Instead users need to built their own Kiosk flavor of Porteus Linux, using the unique Kiosk Wizard (see the dedicated download page for an external link).

Getting started with Porteus Kiosk Edition

First you will need to set the passwords for the root (system administrator) and guest accounts, which are usually used when connecting to the Kiosk system through SSH. In addition, you can also set a password for the Mozilla Firefox web browser’s configuration.

Next, you must select a connection type (Wi-Fi or wired), specify the network configuration type (DHCP or manual), as well as to choose if you want to filter certain IP addresses, block specific websites, enable the firewall, and set the hostname.

Being the only web browser used in Porteus Kiosk Edition, the wizard includes a special section for it, from where users can set a homepage, configure proxy settings, restart an idle instance, set file protocols, as well as to customize the navigation bar.

Furthermore, you can choose if you want to compress data in RAM using the zRAM compression algorithm, enable or disable the Copy to RAM function, enable or disable SWAP memory, set the timezone, keyboard layout, wallpaper, mouse cursor, screen resolution, brightness and refresh rate, shutdown function, screensaver, DPMS, and a few other power settings.

Lastly, users can add some extra features to their Kiosk edition, such as Adobe Flash Player, Java, extra fonts, PXE support, SSH support, and VNC support. The entire building process should take somewhere between 10-15 minutes.

The final result will be a standard or hybrid ISO image that supports both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms and will have under under 50MB in size for a default configuration. Its size can increase depending on how many extra components you add.

Porteus Kiosk Edition was reviewed by , last updated on March 2nd, 2015

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