Hi all,

Has anyone setup an internet style kiosk using FreeBSD??

What I am lookong for is something that has all the 
usual firewall / routing stuff that is bog-standard in 
FreeBSD, but which will support a graphical touchscreen
and a barcode card reader. It needs to be able to run
promo stuff that will probably be made by a marketing
firm using Powerpoint (sigh), so it needs to boot on powerup
into X and auto run the powerpoint somehow as well as fire up the
support progs for the card reader. (/usr/local/etc/rc.d here I come)

NOTE: It wont actually provide visible internet connection for the 
users but will need connectivity to a central site via the 
ubiquitous internet.

I need to switch to 'some other graphical program' (sic) on a card
swipe, run that and then revert to the powerpoint. This may have to be
some master program that has to manage the overall selection of
currently on-top / in-focus pages....

The 'invisible' background daemons I dont have any prob with,
as they will be rc.d boot scripts or cron jobs or inetd children,
but the graphical bit currently eludes me.

Can X / a window manager be run without a user login as an 
interactive display or am I barking up the wrong tree? 
(ie I dont want to have to add a winblows box just for the graphics. 
And I wont be specing any system without serious BSD firewalling etc)

BTW - I'm just looking at the KDE site re kiosk and found this


which may be a pointer to the right direction ... once I get 
my head around it all.


Murray Taylor
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