Eric <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> The Google keyword you are looking for is "captive portal".
> Here is a diagram of the typical setup of a CP:
In addition to offering WiFi access, some of the shops have PCs that you
can use to surf the web, handy if you aren't lugging your laptop with you
on a bicycle tour of Mongolia.
Those PCs are known to be rife with viruses and keysnoopers, so that you
can't even log in to your own https email account without surrendering your
passwords to whoever is behind the snooper.
A friend just opened a hotspot. It's simpler than that, just turned on a
WAP for customers to use for free. The only control is that it is turned
off at night. I'd like to embellish the setup.
I figured I'd go with a zonecd for the WiFi access. (I want to squeeze
that onto a P2 with 96MB that runs Linux just fine in normal life, but the
zonecd pages say it needs 128MB.)
I'd also like to offer a simple Linux-Mozilla workstation. People could
surf, and at the end of each session, caches and cookies and bookmarks
would be cleared. Maybe most of this would be on a CDROM or a write
protected drive, or something like that.
I suppose this might be called a kiosk, but I didn't know where to start
looking without getting a zillion pages. This thread inspired me to search
for kiosk on the zonecd forum. (doh.) http://www.kioskcd.com/
looks like what I want. I don't care if it's
fully featured. I only want to supply a web browser. This might even make
use of an old box in the garage that has been unloved for a while. http://k12ltsp.org/contents.html
looks interesting, but for a larger
environment with multiple thin clients.
Is there Linux that will run on a 486?
If not, maybe some of the old SPARC machines that I have gathering dust?
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