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Old 12-20-2009, 01:02 AM   #1
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Does anyone know what I'm talking about?


Well this seemed like the most relevant
category for my question, but I guess
we will see.

Alright have you ever been somewhere
where there is a television or monitor
telling you the weather, time, maybe news?
Well my question is, what are they called?
I searched for everything I could think of...
Kiosk, Marquee, Weather Board, News Weather Streamer...
and no luck.

The reason I'm asking is that I want to make one
of those using an old laptop I tore apart,
and I want to run linux. So I was wondering if
there were any linux distros or apps that can
accomplish this for me.

Thanks for reading everyone!

Mike
 
Old 12-20-2009, 01:40 AM   #2
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I think you mean something like digital sinage. Kind of like the one on this site? http://www.digitalsignage.ca/ Most of these systems are probably bought. I could not find any open source alternatives.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 02:27 AM   #3
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Interesting, thanks for the reply. I checked it out
and that is almost exactly what I'm thinking of.

I can't imagine it would be hard to make a standalone
program to run this sort of task.

Anyone else seen anything similar?
 
Old 12-20-2009, 03:12 AM   #4
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I would run fluxbox as my window manager and run various wmaker dock applications that give me the information I need. You can achieve a light, yet powerful combination.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 03:15 AM   #5
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I would run a debian based distribution for ease of package management, I don't really have a suggestion for which one.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 06:37 AM   #6
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There is something called 'kiosk mode' which might be close to what you want (although that is normally to run a web browser, but constrained so that you can only get at a limited set of pages, often the publicity on the product being advertised....in your case that page might be, eg, a single page, live news feed).
 
Old 12-20-2009, 07:53 AM   #7
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All big DE's have there own apps for this.
Since you mentioned it being an "old" laptop, I would go for "dock applications" as AutoBot said.

Just pick a WM that supports them (Fluxbox, Window Maker, ...).

http://www.dockapps.org/
 
Old 12-20-2009, 05:52 PM   #8
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Hey thanks guys,

Those are great ideas. I tried
damn small linux, but that just
didn't have what I was looking for.

I'm trying Kubuntu running Screenlets now

I'll let you know how it turns out!
 
Old 12-25-2009, 01:08 AM   #9
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If anyone is interested in this I
was tired of looking for something
so I decided to make a little website
which creates a kiosk type app.

the url is http://tokengo.com

if you have any questions or comments
send them to tokengo@live.com
 
Old 12-26-2009, 12:22 AM   #10
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Get a small puppylinux and add widgets.
 
Old 12-26-2009, 10:39 AM   #11
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I tried that and it worked, but I was looking for widgets that
I could resize and take up the whole screen such that you would
see nothing but the widgets. I couldn't figure out how to do that.
I have the new Kubuntu on a desktop of mine and in there I am able
to resize the widgets and hide certain elements like the task bar,
but I cant install Kubuntu on the laptop because it's too resource
dependent for the laptop (very very old laptop, I think there might
be a punch card feeder in it )

Thanks for your reply, Mike!
 
Old 12-26-2009, 10:44 AM   #12
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Take a look at my website I made to take care of a kiosk
type of application (it's very simple), though and let me know anything I
could add or change to make it better.

The URL is http://tokengo.com

my email is tokengo@live.com
 
  


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