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Hey all, I am new to the Linux GUI stuff and I have a question about it. I would like to change/modify the Interface of e.g. Ubuntu. Right after starting ...
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    Question Kiosk Terminal with Linux


    Hey all,

    I am new to the Linux GUI stuff and I have a question about it.

    I would like to change/modify the Interface of e.g. Ubuntu.
    Right after starting up, I would like to have my own application showing up,
    instead of the normal GNOME UI.
    This should be something like a kiosk Terminal, where the (auto-login) User does not have any rights to modify anything, he can only use my application.
    I have to say that this Terminal will be accessed through a Touchscreen, so the User does not have the option to use a keyboard.
    Furthermore, I want to use my own bootscreen, so the user can't see the linux boot progress. Is that possible?

    Does anybody have an idea how I could implement that?

    I would welcome all solutions for this issue!

    Thanks in advance,
    razor4

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    If it is only about one application, then you should not need any window manager at all. Just start the X-Server and your application fullscreen.
    What is more, there are a number of kiosk window managers made for that purpose.

    If you want the machine to boot with a bootscreen, you need it to use the Linux framebuffer device during start. Otherwise you get text-only. The xserver xfbdev can be run to use the Linux framebuffer device directly, so the system doesn't flicker when changing from bootscreen to X11.
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