kiosk on ubuntu ??

Aart Koelewijn aart at
Wed Nov 25 19:05:29 UTC 2009

On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 20:39:51 +0530, தங்கமணி அருண் wrote:

> hi all,
> i wanted to boot my ubuntu as a kiosk. means running firefox on plain X
> server.
>  Manually i am successive, But not able to automate.
> i tried "xinit" command as follows: $ xinit /usr/bin/firefox
> kindly help me to succeed in this.

I'm not sure, but I think that if for the user "kiosk" you want to run 
only firefox you could make /usr/bin/firefox the shell for that user 
instead of the usual /bin/bash. I did something like that long ago for a 
user that could only run one programm in a terminal, but never tried it 
for a programm that needed a graphical display.

you could perhaps also write your own "shell" for that user, which would 
then only start X and firefox.

N.B. by shell I mean the programm mentioned at the end off the line for 
that user in /etc/passwd



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