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But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV)

PostHeaderIcon Ubuntu Chrome Kiosk Setup

So at work we have a couple of computer setup in a public area that can be used to access our web site.  In the past we have used Windows XP and locked them down.  However, with support for XP coming to an end we needed to come up with another solution.  I wanted to branch out a bit (at least for me) and come up with a kiosk setup that used a Linux distro .  I came across  some really good options, but one of the requirements was that the browser should be Google Chrome.  Most of the sites I came across used FireFox as the browser.  I spent a few weeks searching and testing and finally came up with a working solution that uses Ubuntu 14.0.4LTS Desktop (x64), Openbox, and Google Chrome.  I used information from the web sites listed below to come up with this working kiosk.

I am using the full desktop install so I’m sure there are a lot of packages that I should remove, but we also had a time crunch and I needed to get something working.  I have plans to go back and redo this setup using Ubuntu Server to limit the number of installed packages as described in one of the resources below, but I had some problems getting that to work early on.

Ubuntu Kiosk with Google Chrome browser

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I hope this helps someone else out.

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