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Porteus Kiosk

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 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: 179 (47), 6 months: 189 (42), 3 months: 153 (56), 4 weeks: 243 (26), 1 week: 261 (24)

Average visitor rating: 7.56/10 from 9 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
Documentation http://porteus-kiosk.org/documentation.html
Screenshots http://porteus-kiosk.org/screenshots.html
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://porteus-kiosk.org/download.html
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-09-16: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0
 • 2019-01-21: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.8.0
 • 2018-06-18: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0
 • 2018-01-15: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0
 • 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
 • More Porteus Kiosk releases...

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Feature 4.9.0 4.7.0 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0 Feature
Release Date 2019-09-16 2018-06-18 2017-09-04 2016-12-05 2016-02-29 2015-11-30 2014-12-08 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 90-120 80-110 50-100 30-100       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox Firefox Default Desktop
Package Management -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i586 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual               Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 4.9.0 4.7.0 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0 Full Package List

Full Package List:   Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0
  Number of packages: 310 (download as TXT)
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  •  acpid-2.0.28
  •  adobe-flash-28.0.0.137
  •  adwaita-icon-theme-3.22.0-r2
  •  alsa-lib-1.1.2
  •  alsa-utils-1.1.2
  •  apulse-0.1.10
  •  atk-2.22.0
  •  atkmm-2.24.2
  •  at-spi2-atk-2.22.0
  •  at-spi2-core-2.22.1
  •  attr-2.4.47-r2
  •  baselayout-2.4.1-r2
  •  bash-4.4_p12
  •  busybox-1.24.2
  •  bzip2-1.0.6-r8
  •  ca-certificates-20161130.3.30.2
  •  cairo-1.14.8
  •  cairomm-1.12.0-r1
  •  celt-0.5.1.3
  •  cifs-utils-6.4
  •  conky-1.10.4
  •  coreutils-8.28-r1
  •  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-1.16.4
  •  curl-7.57.0
  •  dbus-1.10.18
  •  dbus-glib-0.108
  •  dbus-python-1.2.4
  •  dejavu-2.37
  •  dhcpcd-6.11.3
  •  dosfstools-4.0-r1
  •  dunst-1.1.0
  •  dymo-cups-drivers-1.4.0
  •  e2fsprogs-1.43.6
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.43.6
  •  elfutils-0.170-r1
  •  ethtool-4.8
  •  eudev-3.1.5
  •  expat-2.2.5
  •  fbv-1.0b
  •  feh-2.18.3
  •  ffmpeg-2.8.10
  •  fltk-1.3.3-r3
  •  fontconfig-2.11.1-r2
  •  foomatic-db-4.0.20170331
  •  foomatic-db-engine-4.0.12
  •  freerdp-2.0.0_rc0
  •  freetype-2.8
  •  fuse-2.9.7
  •  gconf-3.2.6-r4
  •  gdk-pixbuf-2.36.10-r2
  •  ghostscript-gpl-9.21
  •  glib-2.50.3-r1
  •  glibc-2.25-r9
  •  glibmm-2.50.1
  •  gmp-6.1.2
  •  gnutls-3.5.15
  •  google-chrome-63.0.3239.132
  •  gsimplecal-1.6
  •  gtk+-2.24.31-r1
  •  gtk+-3.22.19
  •  gtkdialog-0.8.3-r2
  •  gtkmm-2.24.5
  •  gutenprint-5.2.12
  •  harfbuzz-1.7.2
  •  hicolor-icon-theme-0.17
  •  hplip-3.17.10-r1
  •  hsetroot-1.0.2
  •  html-xml-utils-7.1
  •  hwids-20170328
  •  icaclient-13.8.0.10299729
  •  icedtea-bin-3.6.0
  •  icedtea-web-1.6.1-r1
  •  icu-58.2-r1
  •  imlib2-1.4.9
  •  intel-microcode-20180108-r1
  •  iptables-1.6.1-r2
  •  java-config-2.2.0-r3
  •  jbig2dec-0.13-r4
  •  jimtcl-0.76
  •  klibc-2.0.4-r2
  •  kmod-23
  •  lcms-2.9
  •  libbsd-0.8.6
  •  libcap-2.24-r2
  •  libdnet-1.12
  •  libdrm-2.4.88
  •  libepoxy-1.4.2
  •  liberation-fonts-2.00.1-r1
  •  libertine-5.3.0.20120702-r2
  •  libestr-0.1.10
  •  libevdev-1.5.7
  •  libfastjson-0.99.6
  •  libffi-3.2.1
  •  libfontenc-1.1.3
  •  libgcrypt-1.8.1
  •  libgpg-error-1.27-r1
  •  libgudev-232
  •  libICE-1.0.9-r1
  •  libidn-1.33-r1
  •  libieee1284-0.2.11-r6
  •  libjpeg-turbo-1.5.1
  •  liblogging-1.0.6
  •  libnl-3.2.28
  •  libnotify-0.7.7
  •  libpaper-1.1.24-r2
  •  libpciaccess-0.13.4
  •  libpcre2-10.30
  •  libpcre-8.41-r1
  •  libpng-1.6.29
  •  libsigc++-2.10.0
  •  libSM-1.2.2-r1
  •  libssh-0.7.4
  •  libtasn1-4.12-r1
  •  libunistring-0.9.7
  •  libusb-1.0.21
  •  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-0.25
  •  libwebp-0.4.0
  •  libX11-1.6.5
  •  libXau-1.0.8
  •  libXaw3d-1.6.2
  •  libxcb-1.12-r2
  •  libXcomposite-0.4.4-r1
  •  libXcursor-1.1.15
  •  libXdamage-1.1.4-r1
  •  libxdg-basedir-1.2.0-r1
  •  libXdmcp-1.1.2-r1
  •  libXext-1.3.3
  •  libXfixes-5.0.3
  •  libXfont2-2.0.3
  •  libXft-2.3.2
  •  libXi-1.7.9
  •  libXinerama-1.1.3
  •  libxkbcommon-0.7.1
  •  libxkbfile-1.0.9
  •  libxml2-2.9.6
  •  libXmu-1.1.2
  •  libXpm-3.5.12
  •  libXrandr-1.5.1
  •  libXrender-0.9.10
  •  libXScrnSaver-1.2.2-r1
  •  libxshmfence-1.2
  •  libxslt-1.1.30-r2
  •  libXt-1.1.5
  •  libXtst-1.2.3
  •  libXv-1.0.11
  •  libXxf86vm-1.1.4
  •  linux-4.14.13-kiosk
  •  llvm-4.0.1-r1
  •  lm_sensors-3.4.0_p20170901
  •  logrotate-3.13.0
  •  lua-5.1.5-r4
  •  lxterminal-0.1.11
  •  mc-4.8.15
  •  mesa-17.2.7
  •  mesa-progs-8.3.0
  •  mit-krb5-1.15.2-r1
  •  mozilla-firefox-52.5.3
  •  mtdev-1.1.5
  •  mtr-0.87
  •  ncurses-6.0-r1
  •  net-snmp-5.7.3-r5
  •  nettle-3.3-r2
  •  noto-20170403
  •  nspr-4.13.1
  •  nss-3.29.5
  •  ntfs3g-2016.2.22-r2
  •  ntp-4.2.8_p10-r1
  •  openbox-3.6.1
  •  openjpeg-2.3.0
  •  openldap-2.4.44
  •  openssh-7.5_p1-r3
  •  openssl-1.0.2n
  •  open-vm-tools-10.0.0_p3000743
  •  opus-1.1.3-r1
  •  oxygen-gtk-1.4.6-r1
  •  pacparser-1.3.7
  •  pango-1.40.12
  •  pangomm-2.40.1
  •  parcellite-1.2.1
  •  pciutils-3.4.1
  •  perl-5.24.3
  •  pixman-0.34.0
  •  pnm2ppa-1.13-r1
  •  poppler-0.57.0-r1
  •  popt-1.16-r2
  •  ppp-2.4.7-r3
  •  ppp-scripts-0
  •  procps-3.3.12-r1
  •  pygobject-2.28.6-r55
  •  python-2.7.14-r1
  •  qpdf-5.1.1-r1
  •  readline-7.0_p3
  •  remmina-1.2.0_rc19
  •  rfkill-0.5-r2
  •  rsync-3.1.2-r2
  •  rsyslog-8.28.0
  •  sane-backends-1.0.27
  •  setxkbmap-1.3.1
  •  shadow-4.5
  •  shared-mime-info-1.9
  •  spice-gtk-0.33-r2
  •  splix-2.0.0_p20130826
  •  sqlite-3.20.1-r1
  •  sshfs-2.8
  •  sshpass-1.05
  •  startup-notification-0.12-r1
  •  stunnel-5.36
  •  sysvinit-2.88-r9
  •  tar-1.29-r3
  •  tiff-4.0.8
  •  tigervnc-1.8.0
  •  timezone-data-2017c
  •  tint2-0.12.12
  •  tofrodos-1.7.12a
  •  tslib-1.0-r3
  •  usb_modeswitch-2.2.6
  •  usbredir-0.7.1_p20170503
  •  usbutils-008-r1
  •  util-linux-2.30.2
  •  v86d-0.1.10
  •  virtualbox-guest-additions-5.2.4
  •  volumeicon-0.4.6
  •  vte-0.28.2-r208
  •  vte-0.46.2
  •  webkit-gtk-2.4.11-r200
  •  wget-1.19.1-r2
  •  wireless-regdb-20170307
  •  wireless-tools-30_pre9
  •  wmctrl-1.07-r2
  •  wol-0.7.1-r1
  •  wpa_supplicant-2.6-r3
  •  wqy-zenhei-0.9.46
  •  wvdial-1.61
  •  wvstreams-4.6.1-r3
  •  x11vnc-0.9.14_p20161013
  •  xcb-util-0.4.0
  •  xcb-util-cursor-0.1.3-r1
  •  xcb-util-image-0.4.0
  •  xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0
  •  xcb-util-renderutil-0.3.9-r1
  •  xcb-util-wm-0.4.1-r1
  •  xdg-utils-1.1.1-r1
  •  xdotool-3.20150503.1-r1
  •  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-1.3.0
  •  xf86-video-apm-1.2.5-r1
  •  xf86-video-ast-1.1.5
  •  xf86-video-ati-7.9.0
  •  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_p20170313
  •  xf86-video-mach64-6.9.5
  •  xf86-video-mga-1.6.5
  •  xf86-video-neomagic-1.2.9
  •  xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.15
  •  xf86-video-openchrome-0.6.0
  •  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-4.14.0
  •  xinit-1.3.4-r3
  •  xinput-1.6.2
  •  xinput_calibrator-0.7.5
  •  xkbcomp-1.4.0
  •  xkeyboard-config-2.20
  •  xlockmore-5.50
  •  xmodmap-1.0.9
  •  xorg-server-1.19.5
  •  xrandr-1.5.0
  •  xset-1.2.3
  •  xsetroot-1.1.1
  •  xvkbd-3.8
  •  zlib-1.2.11-r1


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Version: 4.8.0
Rating: 3
Date: 2019-02-14
Votes: 1


It's my second short review (Asus T100TA User). It's getting weird. Distro is updated, packages are updated but most important thing, Firefox Browser is obsolete 52.9.0 ESR version. Don't understand why developer didn't update it to version ESR 60.x.


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Version: 4.8.0
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Date: 2019-01-21
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Every time I try to test this in a VM, the network never connects (static or DHCP) to the Porteus site.


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Version: 4.5.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-09
Votes: 4


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.


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