OPAC Deployments on the Cheap

On this Blog we’ve featured digital signage resources using free or low-cost software and hardware, including Porteus-Kiosk running on flash drives and Chrome on ChromeBits. I’ve been using Porteus-Kiosk for a couple of OPAC deployments in my library, but the initial setup and sluggish performance when running on a flash drive are less than optimal.

Thanks to a recent tip from Darrell Eifert from the Lane Memorial Library, I’ve found an impressive alternative, and it’s called OpenKiosk. This free and open-source browser is a fork of the Mozilla Firefox framework, sharing in its privacy and security foundation.

I’ve installed OpenKiosk on a donated computer running Linux Mint. Having a free OS, a free specialized browser that’s ideal for online catalog deployments, as well as a free computer, are all hard to beat. Configuring OpenKiosk is a breeze, especially if you’re already familiar with Firefox and its settings. OpenKiosk comes with additional settings relating to filtering content and other security behaviors to ensure a more secure browsing experience for public users in public libraries. It’s an ideal resource for OPAC deployments in public libraries, and it doesn’t at all hurt that it’s free, open-source, and very easy on system resources!

  1. http://porteus-kiosk.org/. Accessed 24 Jun. 2017. […extremely lightweight OS in terms of size and resource usage making it ideal for low spec systems.]
  2. “Chromebit (CS10) | Chrome Devices | ASUS USA.” https://www.asus.com/us/Chrome-Devices/Chromebit-CS10/. Accessed 24 Jun. 2017.
  3. “OpenKiosk – Complete Distribution.” http://openkiosk.mozdevgroup.com/. Accessed 24 Jun. 2017.