Configuring FreeBSD for use as an interactive kiosk

Jonathan Chen jonc at
Thu Jun 8 21:54:10 UTC 2006

On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 11:16:15AM +0000, drseuk at wrote:

> I'd welcome any advice and suggestions about how to do this. Currently the 
> information on the system is updated in situ so the file systems can't 
> be made read only (any ideas on how we could split the updating from the 
> deployment welcome).

There are a couple of solutions involving NFS that could be used, if
you've got the bandwidth. eg: You could make all the base file-systems
read-only, and mount the run-file-system over NFS; or you could make
the kiosks mount everything except the root-file-system over NFS.
If I recall correctly, there are examples available in the Handbook.

>We also need to find a way of turning firefox into a 
> kiosk browser.

Put a script in /etc/ttys that starts up X and runs firefox; maybe
`startx && firefox'?

Jonathan Chen <jonc at>
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