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Old 05-23-2005, 07:47 PM   #1
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Linux Internet Kiosk

I'm new to linux and need som help understanding some basics. I'm a Windows network admin needing to implement public access PCs for users to surf to our website and links from it. Beyond that, they will need nothing but to print out pages. I stumbled across an iso called BoothBox on the sourceforge website. It's exactly what I need but I need to add printer and video drivers and add web pages to the whitelist. How can this be accomplished? I'm clueless as to how I would unpackage the iso, make the necessary changes, and compile a new iso. Must this all be done from within the Linux OS or could it be performed from within windows?
Old 05-24-2005, 02:22 AM   #2
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First off, I assume you know what Linux is right? It's a full fledged-OS. It's like Mac OS. It runs on the entire computer. It doesn't run on Windows like an application.

If you put Linux on your computer, Windows will not be able to run at the same time, at all. Window's executables will not work, only Linux executables will.

Now that that's out of the way, if you're still interested;

You can add printers to Linux, and video drivers come standard for most video cards (NVIDIA, RADEON, etc)

I don't know know how you'll impliment the whitelist, there may be software available for Linux that can accomplish this task, though. I'm sure there is (if it doesn't come with boothbox of course)

As for unpackaging the ISO, you need to download the iso file, and then get a cd burning program (such as nero) and it will burn the ISO image to a CD. You'll go to file>open> and select all compilations from the "file type filter list" and then find the iso and open it. (DON'T DRAG AND DROP THE ISO TO THE NEW FILE LIST, THAT WON'T WORK ;-)

If you have any more questions just ask. ;-)


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Old 05-24-2005, 03:12 AM   #3
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You could try using Firefox as the default web browser.
"Kiosk Browser"
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KDE has a kiosk tool for locking down your desktop, you may want to look in to it.


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