Porteus Kiosk Edition 3.1.1

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

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).

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.

Reviewed by on March 12th, 2014

last updated on:
August 6th, 2014, 6:02 GMT
developed by:
The Porteus Team
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ Linux Distributions


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Porteus Kiosk Edition
What's New in This Release:
  • once kiosk is fully booted delete unneeded and potentially risky for the kiosk stability utilities like 'wget' or 'dd'
  • disabled 'Shift+left mouse button' combination to prevent opening new firefox windows when clicked on hyperlinks. This binding is especially dangerous when the navigation bar is disabled as there is no possibility to close any windows in this mode. Multiple firefox instances could slow down the kiosk or even make it unusable
  • disabled 'Ctrl+Shift+h' keybinding which displays firefox history menu (nothing there as kiosk runs in 'private mode' by default)
  • disabled 'Ctrl+`' keybinding which allows to display previous kiosk notifications
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Porteus Kiosk Edition is a modular Slackware-based Linux distribution suitable for public Internet cafes and instituti...

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