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OpenKiosk: un browser “nato” for internet point


This article was written in the 2013, there may have been some developments in the subject matter.
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Years ago I became interested in creation of an internet point using an older pc and a any linux distribution. On that occasion I used Opera, a free browser (the open source) that integrated and integrates still one of the best ways "kiosk".

Since then it's been almost three years, Opera has evolved and continues to integrate the kiosk mode, but steadily growing new projects open source they make their way.

I'm talking about OpenKiosk.


OpenKiosk is a browser suitable for the creation of an internet point, but Open Kiosk Distro instead it is a distribution (no longer developed) based on the Linux kernel with the same intent. The two projects have nothing in common except the intent. In this article we will talk Part browser, the distribution will never be trotted out.

OpenKiosk is a reinterpretation of Firefox. Il rendering engine è Gecko (the same as Firefox) and most of the code that composes also belongs to Firefox. Currently he is in constant development and available for Linux, Windows and OS X. The main difference compared to Firefox interface (full screen, non-resizable by default) and the administrative.

To use it you first start you need to configure more options. Let's see what:

  • The password for the first time it is "admin", password that will surely changed,
  • "about:openkiosk" gives access to all the administrative settings openkiosk,
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F1" displays a dialog box with the settings more "streamlined",
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F3" allows you to set a proxy,
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F8" allows the restart di openkiosk,
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F9" initiates a console javascript,
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F10" out that openkiosk,
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F11" allows the installation of Extensions (the same as Firefox),
  • "Ctrl + Shift + F12" shows the number of version and information on the copyright.

Anyhow, at a pressure of any of these combinations will be asked to enter the administrator password, in order to prevent operations not permitted by users.

To do things "well done" I would suggest to follow my old tutorials on creation of an internet point, replacing the steps for properly work with the commands boot OpenKiosk to login session. In this way we will have a completely open source internet point.


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