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Old 04-01-2008, 06:02 AM   #1
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Newbie question about web browser


Hi,

I have a newbie question, regarding the auto starting of the web browser in the full screen mode.

I did install the last version of Debian + Genoem, now I want that every time that we restart the box, the web browser open in the fullscreen and point to e.g. http://www.linuxquestions.org.

in the windowz world we do that by putting:

iexplorer -k http://www.linuxquestions.org in the startup map and every thing working,but how can I do this in linux.

Thanks,

Shahin
 
Old 04-01-2008, 06:27 AM   #2
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If you don't close down the browser at the end of your last log in it should start again when you start again. With firefox you can set it to either restore your old session or go to 'home' in which case you would just set your home as e.g. http://www.linuxquestions.org.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 06:51 AM   #3
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Mozilla Firefox (most popular browser used on Linux based PC's), cannot be autostarted in kiosk mode without an extension installed or added to it. My advice is to search for a firefox extension which provides the functionality to start firefox in fullscreen mode.

The last time I tried to achieve this, I found it could not be done, but that was more than 12 months ago. So maybe there is an extension that has been written since.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 07:56 AM   #4
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Hi,

Thanks for your replay,

let me add some more info about my situation,

we have about 100 PC's (in a museum) these PC's are connected to the touch screens, and users get info on the objects by giving a tep on the screen, right now on all the PC's we have installed windows XP, but we would like to test it also on linux.

I did found out if a go to Desktop | prefernces| sesions there I can start any application, so I did add iceweasal there and it open after next login, but it start the web browser itself with all the menu's and options, but I need info on these 2 questions:



1. How can we configure the debian, that after starting the PC , we don't need to login.

2. start any web browser in a kiosk mode, so that users just can touch the objects on the screen, so users cann't see any menus and etc.

Thanks,

Shahin
 
Old 04-01-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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1) Not sure just yet, I'll look into that question later if others don't reply before me.

2) Iceweasel is the same as Mozilla Firefox, you must be using Debian Linux

I don't think Iceweasel (Firefox) web browser will go into full screen mode automatically. Also, there are no switches that can be used from the command line to start Iceweasel (Firefox) into kiosk or full screen mode.

You will need to find a mozilla firefox extension (they will work on iceweasel), and install the appropriate extension that supports kiosk mode.

If you cannot find one, then you may need to somehow write a script which simulates pressing F11 while Iceweasel is in focus on the screen.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 09:29 PM   #6
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KDE Kiosk Mode

I might have a better idea....
You can install KDE through synaptic, and then install "kiosktool" with synaptic.
Kiosk Tool is a GUI to set up KDE's Kiosk features, and if auto login isn't possible through Kiosk Tool, you'll need to go into root, control panel, and set up a user with restricted use. Then using the control center System Administration, go into the Login Manager and make that user auto login.
 
Old 04-03-2008, 03:34 AM   #7
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Hi,

Thanks guys,

I am going to try your suggestions, I hoop solve mt issue.

Thanks again,

Shahin
 
  


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