Instant WebKiosk/EDS, Easy Digital Signage, is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on standard PC hardware (even diskless), which can handle both web and multimedia content. It displays a full-screen view restricted to the web page or playlist specified; there is no way to escape this view but rebooting the machine.

Web view displays HTML pages from an Internet or local area network resource (handled at your choose with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chromium), while Media view can display both a slideshow of images and a video player of Internet or local area network files.

It is a "live" (it boots from USB keys), Linux Debian-based, operating system: after the reset, Instant WebKiosk/EDS defaults to original values (for maximum security even if hacked!) except for persistent settings: network, i18n, sound, video and digital-signage related configurations persist across reboots.

Only the browser or the player will show up (no desktop environment). It can also be started from hard drive (see Download page). It features full HTML5 and Adobe Flash support for the web view and VLC for the media view. A very useful on-screen virtual keyboard for (Debian supported) touch devices is available.

See download page for free download.

Instant WebKiosk/EDS installations feature:

SYSTEM SETTINGS
  • system ready at every reboot without man presence: automatic start of the operating system in digital signage mode with 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);
  • nVidia official drivers, which offer higher resolutions and improved graphic performance, for supported nVidia graphic cards (donors version only);
  • screen rotation (normal, inverted, left, right) for supported hardware (donors version only);
  • SSH remote management; you can login as root with password set for admin interface (donors version only);
  • Network Time Protocol synchronization and local time zones configuration (donors version only);
  • user settings are preserved across reboots: even if Instant WebKiosk/EDS is a live system, (only) some settings are saved directly into a hidden partition inside the USB key: network, internationalization, video, sound and digital signage settings are persistent.
WEB VIEW SETTINGS
  • 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);
  • optional on-screen virtual keyboard;
  • 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: 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);
  • domains whitelist: it's possible to restrict access to a list of domains (donors version only);
  • in Chrome view it's possible modify browser components/settings permanently: Chrome persistence feature (donors version only).
MEDIA VIEW SETTINGS
  • slideshow or video playing from remote webserver; endless playing;
  • mouse pointer hides itself in about a minute of user inactivity;
  • mouse and keyboard input is disabled by default.