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DistroWatch.com: Porteus Kiosk

Porteus Kiosk

Last Update: 2017-09-18 23:47 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: 136 (67), 6 months: 137 (60), 3 months: 140 (59), 4 weeks: 254 (28), 1 week: 251 (29)

Average visitor rating: 8.57/10 from 7 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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Reviews  
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-09-04: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0
 • 2017-06-01: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0
 • 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 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
Release Date 2017-09-04 2016-12-05 2016-02-29 2015-11-30 2014-12-08
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 37-38        
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation -- -- -- -- --
Default Desktop Firefox Firefox Firefox Firefox Firefox
Package Management -- -- -- -- --
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i586 i486 i486
Init Software other other other other other
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- --
Multilingual          
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
Package 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.29 1.0.29 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 -- -- --
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (62.0.3202.94) 60.0.3112.113 54.0.2840.100 47.0.2526.111 46.0.2490.86 --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.4 2.1.4 2.0.3 2.0.3 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.3 1.42.13 -- -- --
firefox (57.0) 52.3.0 45.5.1 38.6.1 38.4.0 31.3.0
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8 2.6.3 2.5.5 2.5.5 2.5.3
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.22 2.21 2.21 2.19
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.36) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- --
gtk+ (3.22.26) 2.24.31 2.24.31 2.24.28 2.24.28 2.24.24
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 22 21 21 18
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.14) 4.12.10 4.4.36 4.4.3 4.1.13 3.14.25
Package 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.10) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.2.5) 17.0.6 12.0.3 11.0.6 10.3.7 --
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1 7.1p2 7.1p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2l 1.0.2j 1.0.2f 1.0.2d 1.0.1j
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.20.2 5.20.2 --
php (7.1.11) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.3) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.12 2.7.12 2.7.10 2.7.10 --
qt (5.9.2) -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.7.2) -- -- -- -- --
systemd (235) -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- --
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.19.3 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.4 1.15.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Porteus Kiosk

Average rating
8.6
from 7 review(s)



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Version: 4.5.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-09
Votes: 0


This is an amazing product! It's super fast, secure and easy to configure. Maintaining groups of kiosks with the premium server is extra convenient. There are lots of options for kiosk configuration and this distro met my needs for hardware compatibility. I had some trouble with WiFi drivers initially but I was able to remaster the ISO to include the ones I needed, which is not a very difficult process.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 4.2.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-07
Votes: 0


Porteus is an excellent Kiosk OS. It does everything it says it does. It is secure. Has great settings choices at install. Is fast to boot. Can control all aspects of system operation and take security measures as necessary. Has professional business support available. Has free and business plans available. Only downside is once settings are set they are set. Upside installation is fast and easy so changes are quickly made. Can install remotely or via flash drive.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 4.4.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-06-06
Votes: 2


This distro is free to install, but updates cost 45 EUR a year.



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