View Full Version : [all variants] want a kiosk harware recommendation

December 7th, 2010, 02:52 AM
I want to build a linux ubuntu-based kiosk. I'd like to deploy a one of the Linux Mint editions ... LXDE+packages comes to mind.

I'd appreciate recommendations for a cheap (because it is older and less powerful and unwanted and unloved) but capable desktop box. Can someone name a Dell Something or Acer Otherthing or ... that has good enough hardware and a reasonable suite of USB and network parts?

I plan to find some 15-inch flat screen, LCD monitors, a clunker keyboard and wheel mouse. I need enough video to run X11 but don't need eye candy beyond whatever a browser can deliver.

Merci d'avance,
~~~ 0;-Dan

December 7th, 2010, 04:13 PM
We so often look for the biggest meanest most powerful machines we can afford. My interests are at the other end of the spectrum.

Let me clarify my question:
1. What is the minimum CPU and RAM for an internet access kiosk?
2. What is the minimum video card for X11 and browser video?
3. What is the minimum video card for watch a commercial-DVD?
Is this different from #2?
4. DVD or net video implies sound. What is the minimum sound hardware?

A kiosk will:
** likely benefit from USB ports.
** likely benefit from both wire and wireless networking
** commercial DVD implies a DVD reader
** media card reader might be nice-to-have
** CD or DVD writer might be a kiosk service
** won't care about firewire (1394) ports
** won't care about telephone modem
** won't need much HDD disk space
** no one uses FDD any more

I'm not creating an internet cafe or similar. Instead I'm placing the kiosk at a youth sports event so that families and others might interact with the event web site ... and do some other things.

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan

December 18th, 2010, 06:22 PM
bump ...
I would really appreciate some help with my kiosk project.

~~~ 0;-Dan