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DistroWatch.com: Porteus Kiosk

Porteus Kiosk

Last Update: 2017-06-02 23:59 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: 138 (68), 6 months: 135 (68), 3 months: 139 (62), 4 weeks: 245 (26), 1 week: 232 (28)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 5 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:
 • 2017-06-01: 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 4.4.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0
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Full Package List 4.4.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0

Full Package List:   Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0
  Number of packages: 297 (download as TXT)
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  •  acpid-2.0.28
  •  adobe-flash-24.0.0.221
  •  adwaita-icon-theme-3.20
  •  alsa-lib-1.1.2
  •  alsa-utils-1.1.2
  •  atk-2.20.0
  •  atkmm-2.24.2
  •  at-spi2-atk-2.20.1
  •  at-spi2-core-2.20.2
  •  attr-2.4.47-r2
  •  baselayout-2.3
  •  bash-4.3_p48-r1
  •  busybox-1.24.2
  •  bzip2-1.0.6-r7
  •  ca-certificates-20161102.3.27.2-r2
  •  cairo-1.14.8
  •  cairomm-1.12.0-r1
  •  celt-0.5.1.3
  •  cifs-utils-6.4
  •  conky-1.10.4
  •  coreutils-8.25
  •  crda-3.18-r1
  •  c_rehash-1.7-r1
  •  cronbase-0.3.7-r6
  •  cronie-1.5.0-r1
  •  cups-2.1.4
  •  cups-filters-1.5.0
  •  curl-7.53.0
  •  dbus-1.10.12
  •  dbus-glib-0.102
  •  dbus-python-1.2.0-r1
  •  dejavu-2.37
  •  dhcpcd-6.11.3
  •  dosfstools-4.0-r1
  •  dunst-1.1.0
  •  dymo-cups-drivers-1.4.0
  •  e2fsprogs-1.43.3-r1
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.43.3
  •  elfutils-0.166
  •  ethtool-3.18
  •  eudev-3.1.5
  •  expat-2.2.0-r1
  •  fbv-1.0b
  •  feh-2.18
  •  ffmpeg-2.8.10
  •  fltk-1.3.3-r3
  •  fontconfig-2.11.1-r2
  •  foomatic-db-4.0.20161101
  •  foomatic-db-engine-4.0.12
  •  freerdp-2.0.0_pre20160722
  •  freetype-2.7.1-r2
  •  fuse-2.9.7
  •  gconf-3.2.6-r4
  •  gdk-pixbuf-2.34.0
  •  ghostscript-gpl-9.20-r1
  •  giblib-1.2.4
  •  glib-2.48.2
  •  glibc-2.23-r3
  •  glibmm-2.48.1
  •  gmp-6.1.0
  •  gnutls-3.3.26
  •  google-chrome-55.0.2883.87
  •  gsimplecal-1.6
  •  gtk+-2.24.31-r1
  •  gtk+-3.20.9
  •  gtkdialog-0.8.3-r2
  •  gtkmm-2.24.5
  •  gutenprint-5.2.11
  •  harfbuzz-1.3.1
  •  hicolor-icon-theme-0.15
  •  hplip-3.16.3
  •  hsetroot-1.0.2
  •  html-xml-utils-6.9
  •  hwids-20161103
  •  icaclient-13.4.0.10109380-r1
  •  icedtea-bin-3.3.0
  •  icedtea-web-1.6.1-r1
  •  icu-58.1-r1
  •  imlib2-1.4.9
  •  iptables-1.4.21-r1
  •  jbig2dec-0.13-r1
  •  jimtcl-0.76
  •  klibc-2.0.4
  •  kmod-23
  •  lcms-2.8-r1
  •  libbsd-0.8.3
  •  libcap-2.24-r2
  •  libdnet-1.12
  •  libdrm-2.4.75
  •  libepoxy-1.4.1
  •  liberation-fonts-2.00.1-r1
  •  libertine-5.3.0.20120702-r2
  •  libestr-0.1.10
  •  libevdev-1.5.6
  •  libfastjson-0.99.4
  •  libffi-3.2.1
  •  libfontenc-1.1.3
  •  libgcrypt-1.7.3
  •  libgpg-error-1.24
  •  libgudev-230-r1
  •  libICE-1.0.9-r1
  •  libidn-1.33
  •  libieee1284-0.2.11-r4
  •  libjpeg-turbo-1.5.0
  •  liblogging-1.0.5
  •  libnl-3.2.28
  •  libnotify-0.7.6-r3
  •  libpaper-1.1.24-r2
  •  libpciaccess-0.13.4
  •  libpcre-8.39
  •  libpng-1.6.27
  •  libsigc++-2.8.0
  •  libSM-1.2.2-r1
  •  libsoup-2.52.2
  •  libssh-0.7.3-r1
  •  libtasn1-4.10
  •  libusb-1.0.19-r1
  •  libusb-compat-0.1.5-r2
  •  libva-1.7.3
  •  libva-intel-driver-1.7.3
  •  libvdpau-1.1.1
  •  libvncserver-0.9.11-r1
  •  libwacom-0.24
  •  libwebp-0.4.0
  •  libX11-1.6.5
  •  libXau-1.0.8
  •  libxcb-1.12-r2
  •  libXcomposite-0.4.4-r1
  •  libXcursor-1.1.14
  •  libXdamage-1.1.4-r1
  •  libxdg-basedir-1.2.0-r1
  •  libXdmcp-1.1.2-r1
  •  libXext-1.3.3
  •  libXfixes-5.0.3
  •  libXfont2-2.0.1
  •  libXft-2.3.2
  •  libXi-1.7.9
  •  libXinerama-1.1.3
  •  libxkbfile-1.0.9
  •  libxml2-2.9.4-r1
  •  libXmu-1.1.2
  •  libXrandr-1.5.1
  •  libXrender-0.9.10
  •  libXScrnSaver-1.2.2-r1
  •  libxshmfence-1.2
  •  libxslt-1.1.29-r1
  •  libXt-1.1.5
  •  libXtst-1.2.3
  •  libXv-1.0.11
  •  libXxf86vm-1.1.4
  •  linux-4.9.14-kiosk
  •  llvm-3.7.1-r3
  •  lm_sensors-3.4.0_p20160725
  •  logrotate-3.11.0
  •  lua-5.1.5-r4
  •  lxterminal-0.1.11
  •  mc-4.8.15
  •  mesa-13.0.5
  •  mesa-progs-8.3.0
  •  mit-krb5-1.14.2
  •  mozilla-firefox-45.8.0
  •  mtdev-1.1.5
  •  mtr-0.87
  •  ncurses-6.0-r1
  •  net-snmp-5.7.3-r5
  •  nettle-3.2-r1
  •  noto-20160531
  •  nspr-4.13.1
  •  nss-3.28.1
  •  ntfs3g-2016.2.22-r2
  •  ntp-4.2.8_p9
  •  openbox-3.6.1
  •  openjpeg-2.1.1_p20160922
  •  openldap-2.4.44
  •  openssh-7.3_p1-r7
  •  openssl-1.0.2k
  •  open-vm-tools-10.0.0_p3000743
  •  opus-1.1.3-r1
  •  oxygen-gtk-1.4.6
  •  pacparser-1.3.1
  •  pango-1.40.3
  •  pangomm-2.40.1
  •  parcellite-1.1.9
  •  pciutils-3.4.1
  •  perl-5.22.3_rc4
  •  pixman-0.34.0
  •  pnm2ppa-1.13-r1
  •  poppler-0.45.0
  •  popt-1.16-r2
  •  ppp-2.4.7-r3
  •  ppp-scripts-0
  •  procps-3.3.12
  •  pygobject-2.28.6-r55
  •  python-2.7.12
  •  qpdf-5.1.1-r1
  •  readline-6.3_p8-r3
  •  remmina-1.2.0_rc16-r1
  •  rfkill-0.5
  •  rsync-3.1.2
  •  rsyslog-8.19.0
  •  sane-backends-1.0.25-r1
  •  setxkbmap-1.3.1
  •  shadow-4.4-r2
  •  shared-mime-info-1.4
  •  spice-gtk-0.31
  •  splix-2.0.0_p20130826
  •  sqlite-3.16.2
  •  sshfs-2.8
  •  sshpass-1.05
  •  startup-notification-0.12-r1
  •  stunnel-5.36
  •  sysvinit-2.88-r9
  •  tar-1.29-r1
  •  tiff-4.0.7
  •  tigervnc-1.7.1
  •  timezone-data-2016h
  •  tint2-0.12.3
  •  tofrodos-1.7.12a
  •  tslib-1.0-r3
  •  usb_modeswitch-2.2.6
  •  usbredir-0.7
  •  usbutils-008-r1
  •  util-linux-2.28.2
  •  v86d-0.1.10
  •  virtualbox-guest-additions-5.1.16
  •  volumeicon-0.4.6
  •  vte-0.28.2-r208
  •  vte-0.44.3
  •  webkit-gtk-2.4.11-r200
  •  wget-1.18
  •  wireless-regdb-20170307
  •  wireless-tools-30_pre9
  •  wmctrl-1.07-r1
  •  wol-0.7.1-r1
  •  wpa_supplicant-2.6
  •  wqy-zenhei-0.9.46
  •  wvdial-1.61
  •  wvstreams-4.6.1-r3
  •  x11vnc-0.9.14_p20161013
  •  xcb-util-0.4.0
  •  xdg-utils-1.1.1-r1
  •  xdotool-2.20110530.1
  •  xerox-drivers-0_p20080123
  •  xev-1.2.2
  •  xf86-input-acecad-1.5.0
  •  xf86-input-aiptek-1.4.1-r1
  •  xf86-input-elographics-1.4.1
  •  xf86-input-evdev-2.10.5
  •  xf86-input-fpit-1.4.0
  •  xf86-input-hyperpen-1.4.1
  •  xf86-input-mutouch-1.3.0
  •  xf86-input-penmount-1.5.0
  •  xf86-input-synaptics-1.9.0
  •  xf86-input-tslib-0.0.6-r3
  •  xf86-input-wacom-0.34.0
  •  xf86-video-amdgpu-1.2.0
  •  xf86-video-apm-1.2.5-r1
  •  xf86-video-ast-1.1.5
  •  xf86-video-ati-7.8.0
  •  xf86-video-chips-1.2.7
  •  xf86-video-cirrus-1.5.3
  •  xf86-video-fbdev-0.4.4
  •  xf86-video-glint-1.2.9
  •  xf86-video-i128-1.3.6-r1
  •  xf86-video-intel-2.99.917_p20170216
  •  xf86-video-mach64-6.9.5
  •  xf86-video-mga-1.6.5
  •  xf86-video-neomagic-1.2.9
  •  xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.13
  •  xf86-video-openchrome-0.5.0
  •  xf86-video-qxl-0.1.5
  •  xf86-video-r128-6.10.2
  •  xf86-video-rendition-4.2.6
  •  xf86-video-s3-0.6.5-r1
  •  xf86-video-s3virge-1.10.7
  •  xf86-video-savage-2.3.9
  •  xf86-video-siliconmotion-1.7.9
  •  xf86-video-sis-0.10.9
  •  xf86-video-sisusb-0.9.7
  •  xf86-video-tdfx-1.4.7
  •  xf86-video-tga-1.2.2-r1
  •  xf86-video-trident-1.3.8
  •  xf86-video-tseng-1.2.5-r1
  •  xf86-video-vesa-2.3.4
  •  xf86-video-vmware-13.2.1
  •  xfsprogs-4.5.0
  •  xinit-1.3.4-r1
  •  xinput-1.6.2
  •  xinput_calibrator-0.7.5
  •  xkbcomp-1.3.1
  •  xkeyboard-config-2.20
  •  xmodmap-1.0.9
  •  xorg-server-1.19.2
  •  xrandr-1.5.0
  •  xset-1.2.3
  •  xsetroot-1.1.1
  •  zlib-1.2.11


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Version: 4.4.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-06-06
Votes: 1


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



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Version: 4.4.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-05
Votes: 1


This is the most stable Linux (just a browser; although recently even viewers for pdf and doc's etc) I have seen. It just works solid. Every reboot the system is clean as a whistle, never worries about viruses etc. I burn it, using dubaron under windows, or just dd under linux, onto a harddisk (SSD) partition and it boots very fast (like 30sec = very old computer 2008). Perfect for safe banking or emailing (to start a totally clean session, the reset only takes like 3 seconds). Lots of good professional manuals explaining how to use it. Burning onto USB stick is easiest (I use Rufus under windows; beware to select dd option). Onto a partition a little tricky (you need a little knowledge on bootmenus), but works flawless also. Very nice customizations are there (add some of the most important favorites into FireFox is really handy).

Very happy they started the 'cloud' version now. So I even can create documents in the cloud, and safe my stuff even onto a separate USBstick. In short "Kiosk is my favorite secure browser for fast boot to just do my stuff". And nowadays the 'suspend' function works perfect (PC 165 Watt goes downto around 10Watt and back into business in 1 click).


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Version: 4.4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-04
Votes: 4


Very highly recommended for anywhere that requires a secure, locked down browser based environment. I have used this for the last few versions and, provided one pays attention to the steps to follow for installation, have found it to be rock solid and fast.
One can even customise the installation beyond what is offered by the kiosk configuration wizard. It truly is one of the fastest distros I have ever used. If I were a library IT manager, or other places requiring a 'kiosk' type installation, I would need look no further than Porteus Kiosk. Excellent product.



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