At work we have the frequent need for a machine that will allow students to access the internet without having full access to a computer. To accomplish this task we previously resorted to creating AutoHotKey
scripts on a Windows XP machine. Many of the students and the staff who monitored these computers took issue with the computer's slow boot and running speed. To cope with this we started to explore alternatives to Windows. This is where we combined Ubuntu (a fast operating system) with Chromium-browser (one of the fastest browsers). Now we have really old machines running as web kiosks that boot in 20 seconds or less and are very responsive to clicks, typing, and even flash videos and animations.
Follow the steps in this Instructable to set up Ubuntu, and Chromium if you haven't already.
Some potential uses for this type of system:
* Web Kiosk
* Information Booth
* Subsonic Guest Interface
* X10 House Control