Technical Level: Pretty Geeky
Since our OPACs are essentially glorified web browsers, expensive, overpowered Windows machines could be replaced with a more secure, much less maintenance-intensive, and cost-effective (read: free) solution, making use of already available hardware. I will demonstrate how I built Web-browsing kiosks for our library OPAC machines using Firefox and GNU/Linux. The kiosk project is Live-CD based, and I will demo the kiosk as part of the presentation.
The presentation will cover the following issues:
- Remastering the CD
- Installing packages
- Securing the system
- Tweaking and Locking down Firefox
- Windows machines not completely gone! (just mostly)
- Current status of the project
Play It Now!
University of Connecticut Law School