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DistroWatch.com: Porteus Kiosk

Porteus Kiosk

Last Update: 2017-03-14 00:03 UTC


Porteus Kiosk is a lightweight Gentoo-based Linux operating system which has been downscaled and confined to allow the use of one application only - the Firefox web browser. The browser has been locked down to prevent users from tampering with settings or downloading and installing software. When the kiosk boots, it automatically opens Firefox to the user's preferred home page. The browsing history is not kept, no passwords are saved, and many menu items have been disabled for increased security. When Firefox is restarted all caches are cleared and the browser reopens with a clean session.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 145 (67), 6 months: 139 (73), 3 months: 141 (72), 4 weeks: 263 (27), 1 week: 250 (28)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 2 review(s).


Porteus Kiosk Summary
Distribution Porteus Kiosk
Home Page http://porteus-kiosk.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forum.porteus.org/viewforum.php?f=101
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://porteus-kiosk.org/documentation.html
Screenshots http://porteus-kiosk.org/screenshots.html
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://porteus-kiosk.org/download.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-03-13: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0
 • 2016-12-05: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0
 • 2016-09-05: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0
 • 2016-05-30: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.0.0
 • 2016-02-29: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0
 • 2015-11-30: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.6.0
 • 2015-09-02: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.5.0
 • 2015-06-01: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.4.0
 • 2015-03-02: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.3.0
 • More Porteus Kiosk releases...

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Feature 4.3.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
Release Date 2017-03-13 2016-12-05 2016-02-29 2015-11-30 2014-12-08
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 1 1 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation -- -- -- -- --
Default Desktop Firefox Firefox Firefox Firefox Firefox
Package Management -- -- -- -- --
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i586 i486 i486
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- --
Multilingual          
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.3.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
Package 4.3.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.4) 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.29 1.0.29 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 -- -- --
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 55.0.2883.87 54.0.2840.100 47.0.2526.111 46.0.2490.86 --
cups (2.2.3) 2.1.4 2.1.4 2.0.3 2.0.3 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.5) -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.3 1.42.13 -- -- --
firefox (53.0.3) 45.8.0 45.5.1 38.6.1 38.4.0 31.3.0
freetype (2.8) 2.7.1 2.6.3 2.5.5 2.5.5 2.5.3
gcc (7.1.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.22 2.21 2.21 2.19
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- --
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.20.9 2.24.31 2.24.28 2.24.28 2.24.24
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.04.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 22 21 21 18
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.3.3) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.11.3) 4.9.14 4.4.36 4.4.3 4.1.13 3.14.25
Package 4.3.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.6) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.1) 13.0.5 12.0.3 11.0.6 10.3.7 --
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 7.3p1 7.1p2 7.1p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2k 1.0.2j 1.0.2f 1.0.2d 1.0.1j
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.3rc4 5.22.2 5.20.2 5.20.2 --
php (7.1.5) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.12 2.7.12 2.7.10 2.7.10 --
qt (5.8.0) -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.6.4) -- -- -- -- --
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (52.1.1) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- --
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.2 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.4 1.15.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Porteus Kiosk

Average rating
8.0
from 2 review(s)



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Version: 4.3.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-21
Votes: 0


Just test driver this Kiosk distro.
Amazed at how simple and fast it is. Boot less than 20 seconds with HDD, SSD will be less than 10secs.
The whole thing is less than 80Mb, but ask for 1G usable space.

I will give it a 10 out of 10 points.Anyone that need a kiosk solution, look no further, this package will make your life much easier


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Version: 4.2.0
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-02-06
Votes: 1


It's hard to configure browsers:you need to use other linux distro to do it. Expect hardware support problems. On my Asus T100TA it was constantly beeping after booting. No UEFI support (but you can add it yourself if you remix their kiosk iso). Need to pay for updates. No easy way to install on a HDD but it is possible after some work - frugal install and configure bootloader on your own. They think it's more secure to boot from USB, I don't get it. Generally It's not good but still best option available for free users. Would love to see a new kiosk distro with easy browser updates and browser/network configuration without being forced to reinstall every time or using other linux to remix settings.


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