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Porteus Kiosk


Last Update: 2023-03-27 13:25 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: 211 (39), 6 months: 249 (28), 3 months: 242 (28), 4 weeks: 247 (26), 1 week: 248 (26)

Average visitor rating: 6/10 from 2 review(s).


Porteus Kiosk Summary
Distribution Porteus Kiosk
Home Page http://porteus-kiosk.org/
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User Forums http://forum.porteus.org/viewforum.php?f=101
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Documentation http://porteus-kiosk.org/documentation.html
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-03-27: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 5.5.0
 • 2022-03-28: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 5.4.0
 • 2021-10-18: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 5.3.0
 • 2021-03-22: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 5.2.0
 • 2020-10-12: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 5.1.0
 • 2020-03-02: Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 5.0.0
 • 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
 • More Porteus Kiosk releases...

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Feature 5.5.0 5.4.0 4.9.0 4.7.0 4.5.0 4.2.0 3.7.0 3.6.0 3.2.0 Feature
Release Date 2023-03-27 2022-03-28 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 100-200 100-200 90-120 80-110 50-100 30-100       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO 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 Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox Firefox Default Desktop
Package Management -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i586 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV 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 5.5.0 5.4.0 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 5.1.0
  Number of packages: 299 (download as TXT)
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  •  acpid-2.0.32-r1
  •  adobe-flash-32.0.0.433
  •  adwaita-icon-theme-3.36.1
  •  alsa-lib-1.2.2-r1
  •  alsa-plugins-1.2.2
  •  alsa-topology-conf-1.2.2
  •  alsa-ucm-conf-1.2.2
  •  alsa-utils-1.2.2
  •  apulse-0.1.12-r4
  •  atk-2.36.0
  •  atkmm-2.28.0
  •  at-spi2-atk-2.34.2
  •  at-spi2-core-2.36.0
  •  attr-2.4.48-r3
  •  baselayout-2.7
  •  bash-5.0_p18
  •  busybox-1.24.2
  •  bzip2-1.0.6-r11
  •  ca-certificates-20200601.3.53
  •  cairo-1.16.0-r4
  •  cairomm-1.12.0-r1
  •  cifs-utils-6.11
  •  conky-1.10.8-r9
  •  corefonts-1-r7
  •  coreutils-8.32-r1
  •  crda-4.14
  •  c_rehash-1.7-r1
  •  cronbase-0.3.7-r6
  •  cronie-1.5.0-r1
  •  cups-2.3.3-r1
  •  cups-filters-1.27.4
  •  curl-7.72.0
  •  dbus-1.12.18
  •  dbus-glib-0.110
  •  dbus-python-1.2.16
  •  dejavu-2.37
  •  dhcpcd-8.1.9
  •  dosfstools-4.1
  •  dunst-1.1.0
  •  dymo-cups-drivers-1.4.0-r1
  •  e2fsprogs-1.45.5
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.45.5
  •  elfutils-0.180
  •  ethtool-5.8-r1
  •  eudev-3.2.9
  •  expat-2.2.8
  •  fbv-1.0b
  •  feh-3.3
  •  ffmpeg-4.1.3
  •  fltk-1.3.5-r4
  •  fontconfig-2.13.0-r4
  •  foomatic-db-4.0.20170331
  •  foomatic-db-engine-4.0.12
  •  freerdp-2.2.0
  •  freetds-1.00.558
  •  freetype-2.10.2-r1
  •  fribidi-1.0.9
  •  fuse-3.9.1
  •  gdk-pixbuf-2.40.0
  •  ghostscript-gpl-9.52-r1
  •  glib-2.64.5
  •  glibc-2.31-r6
  •  glibmm-2.64.2
  •  gmp-6.2.0-r1
  •  gnutls-3.6.15
  •  google-chrome-85.0.4183.121
  •  gpaste-3.36.3
  •  gsimplecal-1.6
  •  gtk+-2.24.32-r1
  •  gtk+-3.24.22
  •  gtkdialog-0.8.3-r2
  •  gtkmm-3.24.2
  •  gutenprint-5.3.3
  •  harfbuzz-2.7.2
  •  hicolor-icon-theme-0.17
  •  hplip-3.18.12-r1
  •  hsetroot-1.0.2
  •  html-xml-utils-7.7
  •  hwids-20200813.1
  •  icaclient-20.04.0.21
  •  imlib2-1.6.1
  •  intel-microcode-20200616_p20200921
  •  iptables-1.8.5
  •  iw-5.4
  •  jbig2dec-0.18
  •  jimtcl-0.76
  •  json-glib-1.4.4
  •  klibc-2.0.4-r3
  •  kmod-27-r2
  •  lcms-2.9
  •  libbsd-0.10.0
  •  libcap-2.43
  •  libcap-ng-0.7.10
  •  libdrm-2.4.102
  •  libepoxy-1.5.4
  •  liberation-fonts-2.1.0
  •  libertine-5.3.0.20120702-r3
  •  libestr-0.1.11
  •  libevdev-1.9.1
  •  libfastjson-0.99.8
  •  libffi-3.3-r2
  •  libfontenc-1.1.4
  •  libgcrypt-1.8.6
  •  libglvnd-1.3.2-r1
  •  libgpg-error-1.38
  •  libgudev-233-r1
  •  libICE-1.0.10
  •  libidn2-2.3.0
  •  libieee1284-0.2.11-r6
  •  libjpeg-turbo-2.0.5-r1
  •  libmnl-1.0.4
  •  libnl-3.5.0
  •  libnotify-0.7.9
  •  libogg-1.3.4
  •  libpaper-1.1.24_p5
  •  libpciaccess-0.16
  •  libpcre2-10.35
  •  libpcre-8.44
  •  libpng-1.6.37
  •  libpsl-0.21.0
  •  librsvg-2.48.8
  •  libsigc++-2.10.3
  •  libSM-1.2.3
  •  libsodium-1.0.18
  •  libsoup-2.70.0
  •  libssh-0.9.4
  •  libtasn1-4.16.0
  •  libtirpc-1.2.6
  •  libunistring-0.9.10
  •  libusb-1.0.21-r1
  •  libusb-compat-0.1.5-r2
  •  libva-2.7.1
  •  libva-intel-driver-2.4.1
  •  libva-utils-2.4.0
  •  libvdpau-1.3
  •  libvncserver-0.9.13
  •  libvorbis-1.3.7
  •  libwacom-1.1
  •  libX11-1.6.12
  •  libXau-1.0.9
  •  libXaw3d-1.6.3
  •  libxcb-1.14
  •  libXcomposite-0.4.5
  •  libXcursor-1.2.0
  •  libXdamage-1.1.5
  •  libxdg-basedir-1.2.0-r1
  •  libXdmcp-1.1.3
  •  libXext-1.3.4
  •  libXfixes-5.0.3-r1
  •  libXfont2-2.0.4
  •  libXft-2.3.3
  •  libXi-1.7.10
  •  libXinerama-1.1.4
  •  libxkbcommon-0.10.0-r1
  •  libxkbfile-1.1.0
  •  libxml2-2.9.10-r3
  •  libXmu-1.1.3
  •  libXpm-3.5.13
  •  libXrandr-1.5.2
  •  libXrender-0.9.10-r1
  •  libXScrnSaver-1.2.3
  •  libxshmfence-1.3-r1
  •  libxslt-1.1.34-r1
  •  libXt-1.2.0
  •  libXtst-1.2.3-r1
  •  libXv-1.0.11-r1
  •  libXxf86vm-1.1.4-r1
  •  linux-5.4.70-kiosk
  •  llvm-10.0.1
  •  lm-sensors-3.6.0
  •  logrotate-3.14.0
  •  lua-5.1.5-r4
  •  lxterminal-0.3.2
  •  lz4-1.9.2
  •  mc-4.8.22
  •  mesa-20.1.8
  •  mesa-progs-8.4.0
  •  mozilla-firefox-78.3.1
  •  mtdev-1.1.6
  •  mtr-0.87
  •  ncurses-6.2-r1
  •  net-snmp-5.8.1_pre1-r1
  •  nettle-3.6-r2
  •  nghttp2-1.41.0
  •  noto-20170403
  •  nspr-4.26
  •  nss-3.55
  •  ntfs3g-2017.3.23-r3
  •  ntp-4.2.8_p15
  •  openbox-3.6.1-r3
  •  openjpeg-2.3.1-r1
  •  openldap-2.4.50
  •  openssh-8.1_p1-r4
  •  openssl-1.1.1g
  •  open-vm-tools-11.0.1-r1
  •  opus-1.3.1-r1
  •  oxygen-gtk-1.4.6-r1
  •  pacparser-1.3.7-r1
  •  pango-1.42.4-r2
  •  pangomm-2.42.1
  •  pciutils-3.6.4
  •  perl-5.30.3
  •  pixman-0.40.0
  •  pnm2ppa-1.13-r1
  •  poppler-0.88.0-r1
  •  popt-1.16-r2
  •  ppp-2.4.8
  •  ppp-scripts-0
  •  procps-3.3.16-r2
  •  python-2.7.18-r1
  •  qpdf-9.0.2
  •  readline-8.0_p4
  •  remmina-1.4.8-r1
  •  rsync-3.2.3
  •  rsyslog-8.2004.0
  •  sane-backends-1.0.30-r2
  •  setxkbmap-1.3.2
  •  shadow-4.8-r5
  •  shared-mime-info-1.15
  •  speex-1.2.0-r1
  •  spice-gtk-0.35
  •  splix-2.0.0_p20130826
  •  sqlite-3.33.0
  •  sshfs-3.7.0
  •  sshpass-1.06
  •  startup-notification-0.12-r1
  •  stunnel-5.55
  •  sysvinit-2.93
  •  tar-1.32
  •  tiff-4.1.0
  •  tigervnc-1.9.0-r1
  •  timezone-data-2020a
  •  tint2-16.6.1
  •  tofrodos-1.7.13
  •  usb_modeswitch-2.5.2
  •  usbredir-0.8.0
  •  usbutils-012
  •  util-linux-2.35.2
  •  v86d-0.1.10
  •  virtualbox-guest-additions-6.0.24-r1
  •  volumeicon-0.5.1-r1
  •  vte-0.28.2-r209
  •  vte-0.60.3
  •  wayland-1.18.0
  •  wget-1.20.3-r3
  •  wireless-regdb-20190603
  •  wireless-tools-30_pre9-r1
  •  wmctrl-1.07-r2
  •  wol-0.7.1-r2
  •  wpa_supplicant-2.9-r2
  •  wqy-zenhei-0.9.46
  •  wvdial-1.61
  •  wvstreams-4.6.1_p14-r1
  •  x11vnc-0.9.16-r2
  •  xcb-util-0.4.0-r2
  •  xcb-util-cursor-0.1.3-r3
  •  xcb-util-image-0.4.0-r2
  •  xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0-r2
  •  xcb-util-renderutil-0.3.9-r3
  •  xcb-util-wm-0.4.1-r3
  •  xcompmgr-1.1.8
  •  xdg-utils-1.1.3_p20200220
  •  xdotool-3.20160805.1
  •  xerox-drivers-0_p20080123
  •  xev-1.2.4
  •  xf86-input-elographics-1.4.2
  •  xf86-input-evdev-2.10.6
  •  xf86-input-synaptics-1.9.1
  •  xf86-input-wacom-0.39.0
  •  xf86-video-amdgpu-19.1.0
  •  xf86-video-ast-1.1.5
  •  xf86-video-ati-19.1.0
  •  xf86-video-fbdev-0.5.0-r1
  •  xf86-video-glint-1.2.9
  •  xf86-video-intel-2.99.917_p20200515
  •  xf86-video-mga-2.0.0
  •  xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.16
  •  xf86-video-openchrome-0.6.0
  •  xf86-video-qxl-0.1.5
  •  xf86-video-r128-6.12.0
  •  xf86-video-siliconmotion-1.7.9
  •  xf86-video-vboxvideo-1.0.0
  •  xf86-video-vesa-2.4.0
  •  xf86-video-vmware-13.3.0
  •  xfsprogs-5.4.0-r1
  •  xinit-1.4.1
  •  xinput-1.6.3
  •  xinput_calibrator-0.7.5-r1
  •  xkbcomp-1.4.3
  •  xkeyboard-config-2.30
  •  xlockmore-5.50
  •  xmodmap-1.0.10
  •  xorg-server-1.20.8-r1
  •  xrandr-1.5.1
  •  xset-1.2.4
  •  xsetroot-1.1.2
  •  xvkbd-4.1
  •  zlib-1.2.11-r2
  •  zstd-1.4.4-r4


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Version: 5.2.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-10-18
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version tested 5.3.0

Works as expected. The ease with which this can be deployed and configured is welcome. The updates bring Firefox up-to-date while locking the browser down very nicely. Deploying our own homepage and wallpaper during setup is a breeze.

Initial testing carried out within VirtualBox went without a hitch, as did the final bare-metal installation. Very pleased with this.


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Version: 5.2.0
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Date: 2021-03-27
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Seems old. Firefox is not a plus. Set and forget is a fail. Should be a winner in today's world, but sadly it is not.


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