The release of the Porteus Kiosk 4.8.0 distribution kit, based on Gentoo, is designed to equip stand-alone internet kiosks, display booths and self-service terminals. The boot image of the distribution is 93 MB.
The basic build includes only the minimum set of components required to launch a web browser (Firefox and Chrome are supported), which is reduced in its capabilities to prevent unwanted activity in the system (for example, setting changes are not allowed, application download / install is blocked, access to selected pages). Additionally, specialized Cloud assemblies are offered for comfortable work with web applications (Google Apps, Jolicloud, OwnCloud, Dropbox) and ThinClient for working as a thin client (Citrix, RDP, NX, VNC and SSH) and Server for managing a network of kiosks.
Setup is done through a special wizard, which is combined with the installer and allows you to prepare a customized version of the distribution for placement on a USB Flash or hard drive. For example, you can set a default page, define a white list of allowed sites, set a password for the guest login, define an inactivity timeout to end a session, change the background image, adjust the browser design, add additional plug-ins, enable wireless network support, configure keyboard layout switching and more.
When loading, verification of system components by checksums is performed, and the system image is mounted in read-only mode. Updates are installed automatically using the mechanism of formation and atomic replacement of the system image as a whole. It is possible to centrally configure a group of typical Internet kiosks remotely with configuration loading over the network. Due to the small size, the default distribution is loaded entirely into RAM, which allows to significantly increase the speed of work.