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OK, its been a while since I've really used any Distro. I've got a Kanotix LiveCD that I use sometimes (and I've played around with Gentoo), but I've never setup anything like this.

Its a project for work, we're setting up an Internet Kiosk computer and from looking around, I found that there is a Kiosk add-on I can dl for Kubuntu, so I'm going with it.

I'll be installing on an old Duron 1000 that we have with 384mb RAM and onboard video.

First question: Do any of y'all foresee any problems with the hardware? (This will be ONLY for web, mainly eBay.)

I'll probably be starting the install within the next 1-2 hours (after lunch if we're not busy.)

If all goes well, I may do a "how-to" type article on this...
    
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Kubuntu is just fine for that rig, it eats up more resources then regular Ubuntu and Xubuntu but if the program you want is for Kubuntu, go with it, you should be fine.
    
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Well, I may go for Ubuntu or Xubuntu then, the kiosk program looks like it will run on anything with KDE

EDIT: I think I'll stick with Kubuntu, since I'm already familiar with Kanotix (looks almost identical to Kubuntu from what I've seen), and I already have the CD for Kubuntu burned .
    
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Kubuntu should be fine. I've had it on a 2.4 celeron w/ 256mb of RAM.

It'll be a bit slower compared to something like XFce or one of the *boxes(flux, black, open).

After you install Kubuntu, you can install XFce or something like Openbox or Fluxbox so the system will be a bit faster/more responsive.

The main thing is that you'll probably need the KDE-lib packages(would already be covered with Kubuntu) for Kiosk to run. So any window manager or desktop env. should work as long as the dependences for Kiosk are ment.
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Kubuntu should be fine. I've had it on a 2.4 celeron w/ 256mb of RAM.

It'll be a bit slower compared to something like XFce or one of the *boxes(flux, black, open).

After you install Kubuntu, you can install XFce or something like Openbox or Fluxbox so the system will be a bit faster/more responsive.

The main thing is that you'll probably need the KDE-lib packages(would already be covered with Kubuntu) for Kiosk to run. So any window manager or desktop env. should work as long as the dependences for Kiosk are ment.
That just reminded me, in Xubuntu (XFCE window system) you can have KDE programs run in it with the dependencies installed, its super easy. If Kubuntu is too slow, go Xubuntu
    
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Well, since I apparently downloaded the wrong Kubuntu ISO, I've downloaded Ubunutu and installed it. I've also found a much simpler way of doing the kiosk, using Opera, enabling its kioskmode.

So, I've setup a 20gb HDD with a 5gb ext3 root partition, a 5gb Swap (too big?) and a 10gb fat32 partition.

The fat32 partition will be shared out, so I can store html files etc there from our Windows machines and edit files on the Windows machines too.

Since the kiosk will be in the front of the store, I'll also be enabling remote desktop so I can check on it from my desk in the back of the shop to see what people are doing etc... I had to toss the Duron btw, the mobo had a bad memory slot. I'm now running an old Athlon 800 w/384mb PC133 ram and a 16mb Rage 128 card. Seems to be working fine so far. Will update once I've got everything installed and setup properly.
    
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5gb swap is huge, you'd be fine with it between 1024mb and 2048mb.

The most swap I've used was 320mb (with RAM full (1024mb)).
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Well, since I apparently downloaded the wrong Kubuntu ISO, I've downloaded Ubunutu and installed it. I've also found a much simpler way of doing the kiosk, using Opera, enabling its kioskmode.

So, I've setup a 20gb HDD with a 5gb ext3 root partition, a 5gb Swap (too big?) and a 10gb fat32 partition.

The fat32 partition will be shared out, so I can store html files etc there from our Windows machines and edit files on the Windows machines too.

Since the kiosk will be in the front of the store, I'll also be enabling remote desktop so I can check on it from my desk in the back of the shop to see what people are doing etc... I had to toss the Duron btw, the mobo had a bad memory slot. I'm now running an old Athlon 800 w/384mb PC133 ram and a 16mb Rage 128 card. Seems to be working fine so far. Will update once I've got everything installed and setup properly.
if your talking about file shareing then there is no need for that partiton to be fat
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Have everything installed and running, its fine for the time being.
Next time around, I'll make a smaller swap and possibly look into changing the fat partition etc...

Remote desktop works fine as-is. Next time I'll probably try to make it more restricted etc, but for our first try, it'll work fine.
    
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