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    Open Source Digital Signage System

    Hi Guys,

    We're thinking of setting up a digital signage network in school. I've seen a few demos of some software packages out there which costs quite alot of money... has anybody come across any open source solutions.

    I'm guessing that more and more schools will be going down this route in the not so near future,

    PowerPoint is fine for the time being!!

    Regards,

    Matt

    PS. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum section, didn't really know where to slot it in!

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Hi Matt,

    Nope not found anything yet.

    There was a post previous with someone who had developed an asp or php based website I think to display stuff.

    Shouldn't be too hard with a mysql or even access db backend. Split the page up into information zones and have the content of these customizable.

    Each message is entered from a form with a valid from and valid to date and which information area it goes in.

    Web page then auto refreshes every few minutes.

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Ok maybe this is what we want:
    http://www.digitalsignage.ca/

    That site was down last time I was looking for digital signage apps but is now back up.

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Looks a good site, I will give it a read up, I see NSM gets a mention - "The source is easily modifiable and distribution of source files is best done with NetSupport Manager."

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Not sure if that would be the same product we know though but could be.

    Trouble is I've registered and there are no links to downlaods page

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    I had that problem, registered but couldn't download.. I logged out then back in again and the links appeared!!

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    aha yes indeed didn't seem to like firefox after I logged in though text was off the side.

    Well lets hope this is good stuff

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    I've downloaded the files on the webpage... anybody got any ideas what to do with them!!!!!!]

    Not much info really to go by!

    Regards,

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    PowerPoint is fine for the time being!!
    Linux box running OpenOffice Impress?

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    I got the same question ops:

    It seems that it would take more effort to re-jig the pages every day - Although it could be made to look very nice - its not as simple as a powerpoint display.

    I was expecting a simple user interface which enabled you to drop in text, pictures, movies etc and hey presto a new display.

    Or am I missing something :?

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    PowerPoint is fine for the time being!!
    Linux box running OpenOffice Impress?
    and for those not running Linux or open office?

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    and for those not running Linux or open office?
    Download the latest Ubuntu ISO? The OP wanted an opensource solution remember?

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    This isn't open source but we use Net Top Box from Onelan.

    It's a small linux box, some of the software they use on it is under the GNU licence so they may even have to release the source code, i don't know!

    I wrote some PHP to get it to grab the entries out of MRBS and show them on the screen, along with some RSS feeds, webcams and work done here (The black area's are movies which show up like that on the preview's i've used here).
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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Quote Originally Posted by indie
    This isn't open source but we use Net Top Box from Onelan.
    It looks remarkably like a Mini-ITX board in a nice case with a video output card. Shouldn't be too hard to knock one together yourself.

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    It's exactly that, it runs Mandrake (not my personal fave). It's got a web interface on it which isn't the best, but you can hand craft the config via xml files on the box which is what I did.

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