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    Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    A primary school is upgrading a suite full of old boxes (550MHz, 64MB, CDs) and was wondering whether they might still be useful for something. Haven't looked inside or tried it, but I've been wondering whether:

    a) It might be possible to move some RAM around to make some 128MB machines.

    b) They would run something low maintenance e.g. a LiveCD (or HD installed) WWW kiosk.

    Bad idea? If not, has anyone done this and what did you use?

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    I recall reading a few good resources on the web for this using Linux. Search for Ubuntu Internet Kiosk, or KDE Kiosk on Google.

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    @PiqueABoo: Thin client

    Check out www.thinstation.org - you could also use thinstation to set them up as web kiosks (there is an option of using Firefox).

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    Planning to do the same with some old RM boxes. Going to turn them in espresso stations.

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    Glanced at so far:

    KioskCD - easy to config (util writes config directly to ISO), but I
    want to zap the Firefox links bar and haven't figured out
    if you can. Had to tell it skip DNS test to work.

    BoothBox - favourite UI (full screen Firefox) but it looks like I'll need
    to fiddle quite a lot for UK keyboard etc.

    ThinStation - used one of the online ISO build sites which is nice and
    provides a Firefox Kiosk config. Having problems getting
    decent screen size (testing under VMWare).

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    I use a resolution of 1024x768 on my thinstation machines (15" displays - CRT and TFT) and it works well. You need more than 1MB on the video though - those nasty hobbits at Dell configure the onboard video on the GX280 to 1MB!

    If you want to send me your config file I will try editing it.

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    These all look good. I've been thinking the same thing myself as we are probably moving to Phoenix E1 soon which is a web interface to the schools MIS so redundant hardware recycled into a portal pc in each classroom would be perfect for registration etc...

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    Been trying this.. & trying that ..& googling.. & trying something else ..& by and by..

    If you want Boothbox (boothbox.sourceforge.net) to definitely, definitely have a UK keyboard then one way to do that in your remastering enviroment is to go modify where the language vars are set in:

    /etc/init.d/knoppix-autoconfig

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    Re: Old boxes.. WWW kiosk?

    don't know if I'm on the same wavelength here, but I've been messing with edubuntu which has the Linux Terminal Server Project software as standard and a thin client software called PXES - both easily found on the web. I'm amazed at the results.

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