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juliansilver 08-22-2004 02:26 PM

mozilla only
I am trying to create a browser only configuration. I am using RH9 and Fedora (but I'm open to other ideas) and the power of the pc is not gonna be a problem. All I want is a stable distro and then the GUI boot straight into the browser, and stay there. I don't want my user to be able to exit from the browser. Is there a book or web resource I can read up on how to 'cut down' a distro to just carry out this browsing function?

Tinkster 08-22-2004 02:58 PM

Hi, and welcome to LQ!

I don't know of any books on kiosk-systems, but
then I never wanted one of those, either ;)

It depends on how your users are supposed to
interact with the machine - whether they will have
individual logins or not.

If they do the easiest thing would be to use xdm
for the login, and have a .xsession file that executes
mozilla instead of a window-manager. If the user
closes Mozilla he's being logged out.


juliansilver 08-22-2004 06:11 PM

Thanx for your prompt reply. Logging users on and off is not necessary. The browser will stay open all the time, and different users will just use the same 'session'. All they want to do is surf, and each user will just take over from the page the last user finished with. The key for me is that noone can 'crash' out of the browser and cause problems maliciously or otherwise within the system itself.


Tinkster 08-22-2004 06:53 PM

That's a bit harder ... specially considering that moz may
well die on certain websites I'm sure that's not too desirable,
either. How about using kdm with a passwordless login
for the shared user, and still go with the .xsession method?

They can't get out of that "restart X loop on logout".


juliansilver 08-23-2004 03:15 AM

I havn't used KDM yet...if you think it's superior as far a reliability is concerned I'm all for it. What distro is best for me to install this reduced functionality .xsession and kdm browser only roll out? I only have RH9 and fedora 2 which might be a bit heavy?


Tinkster 08-23-2004 12:43 PM

Misunderstanding :)

kdm is not a browser, it's a graphical login-manager :)

What I was saying is that I think you shouldn't rely
on a single application not dying on you but rather
kdm (which allows for passwordless and automated
logins) to fire up mozilla. If mozilla dies on your users
they can just ctrl-alt-bkspc and log back in.


juliansilver 08-23-2004 01:05 PM

I see what you're sayin.

I'll troll around for a distro with the components I need and maybe throw one together to see what other issues this configuration raises.

Thanx for your help and patience with my ignorance.


mipia 08-23-2004 05:01 PM

give web tv a try! LOL just kidding. Sounds like a cool idea. Let us know how it works out!

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