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I was recently in a Virgin media shop and was interested to see that they had laptops running Ubuntu for customers to browse the web on. The setup itself was interesting and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to recreate it. The features were:

Only running Firefox, no other panels or menus

I tried running a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) but it gave a message saying the user didn't have permission to access the x server (or something similar)

I realise to recreate this is a function of controlling both user privileges and session parameters but I'm not sure how I would go about it. Any ideas?

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  • The search keyword you want is 'kiosk'. When I google 'Ubuntu kiosk' I get some useful-looking results. – Flup Mar 20 '13 at 10:37
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    Please don't cross-post between SE sites: askubuntu.com/questions/270357/… – Kevin Bowen Mar 20 '13 at 10:38
  • This is called Kiosk mode, and this question will be quickly answered in Ask Ubuntu if it's not already there. – Didi Kohen Mar 20 '13 at 10:39
  • @maggotbrain: Please look up the meaning of the term crosspost before you throw it around again, because the link you provided is not that, and if that's your evidence, this was not cross posted. – goldilocks Mar 20 '13 at 12:30
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    @goldilocks Er. How is it not? It's the same post by the same user posted at the same time – Michael Mrozek Mar 20 '13 at 13:16

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