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Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi, which can handle both web and multimedia content. It displays a full-screen view restricted to the web page or slideshow/video playlist specified; there is no way to escape this view but rebooting the machine. It is a hacker-proof secure operating systems for indoor and outdoor use.

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Web view shows HTML pages from an Internet or local area network resource; it has three different possible sub-views: you can choose between Mozilla Firefox, Google Chromium or Midori experience. Media view can display both a slideshow of images and a video player of Internet or local network files (http:// and https://).

See download page for free download.

SYSTEM INTERNALS

  • system ready at every reboot without man presence: automatic start of the operating system in digital signage mode with last selected network connection method;
  • admin interface displayed after the machine bootstrap for a few seconds for parameters changing;
  • admin password (with password management), which protects the modify of the operating system settings at boot in the admin interface – see FAQ (donors version only);
  • screen rotation: normal, inverted, left, right (donors version only);
  • SSH remote management; you can login with root privileges with the same password set for the admin interface. Operating system can be completely customized by the administrator using this feature (donors version only);
  • Web management; you can use the admin interface from a desktop PC in LAN.

WEB VIEW

  • mouse pointer hides itself in about a minute of user inactivity;
  • completely reset browser after a specified user inactivity (donors version only);
  • force reloading of web page content after a specified time (donors version only). Please note that this is a hack (normally it’s not possible to interfere with web pages behaviour from the outside of them) and only webpages which can lay within frames will work;
  • optional on-screen virtual keyboard – displayed only when text input is needed (thanks to Stephen Wille Padnos);
  • it’s possible to disable mouse and keyboard input – for paranoid security;
  • halt system at scheduled hour (donors version only);
  • a token (machine MAC address) can be added at the end of the target URL, allowing multiple deploys pointing just one server location, for example: http://yourserver.com?id=080027fe959b.
    It’s up to your local/remote server logic to display the appropriate content;
  • customizable HTTP proxy settings (donors version only);
  • VNC server available – see FAQ on VNC password (donors version only);
  • in Chrome view it’s possible modify browser components/settings permanently (donors version only).

Full screen restricted view example:

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Admin interface:

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MEDIA VIEW

  • slideshow or video playing of Internet or local area network files; endless playing;
  • mouse pointer hidden;
  • mouse and keyboard input is disabled by default.

Prefer Raspberry Picture Frame Slideshow or Raspberry Video if you need only local files playing.

Media view example (here an MP4 video):

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Admin interface:

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