initial thoughts on ltsp kiosk plugin
gmccullagh at gmail.com
Wed May 16 10:01:27 UTC 2007
we started using Oliver's LTSP kiosk plugin last night in the school
library. It's really nice, even though there are a few small things that
may need ironing out. In case anyone's interested or knows something I
don't, here are my initial notes.
1. for some reason metacity didn't install. I didn't get a log of the
ltsp-build-client, but for some reason, metacity didn't install and
therefore firefox is running window manager-less. I presume this is
not deliberate as ~kiosk/.xsession tries to invoke metacity.
2. I don't imagine this is something that will be changed but I added
sun-java5-plugin and flashplugin-nonfree in the chroot to make sites
that use these work better.
3. I tried out sound with a couple of flash sites. It didn't work, though
it was clear that there was static on the headphones which was
correlated to the sound I should have been getting. This may be flash
specific, I'm not sure.
4. firefox didn't go into full screen. This may be related to the lack of
window manager, I'm not sure. If you press [F11] it did.
5. I need to test if USB keys work.
6. RAM seems in reasonable supply (just lots being cached), but I'm not
certain if this is a good measure.
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 125224 118516 6708 0 0 53492
-/+ buffers/cache: 65024 60200
Swap: 32760 724 32036
6. I'm thinking of ways we could perhaps expand on this. Perhaps:
- a DVD player kiosk
- add a multimedia player plugin to the existing firefox kiosk
- make a simple application kiosk usable with data or even home
directory stored on USB key.
As we have very little time to give accounts to all students, it's
possible this route might help give greater access to students.
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