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Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi: it displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified resource.

It shows web pages from an Internet, local area network or internal (SD-card contained) sources; 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.

Raspberry Digital Signage comes with latest Chromium builds (featuring advanced HTML5 capabilities, Adobe Flash support and H264/AVC video acceleration), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily.

For example (to name just a few) you can display your own advertising site, electronic signs, booking site, queue or timetable management web application or create superb web presentations with Google Slides (or other) (Powerpoint compatible). Of course thousands of other applications are possible.

System parameters are set by a web admin interface, a PHP/JavaScript interface which wraps lower terminal commands. Read on.

digital-signage.2

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 (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 computer 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 real 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 (donors version only);
  • it’s possible modify browser components/settings permanently (donors version only).

 

Admin interface (click to enlarge):