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My local library currently uses Windows with Steadystate to provide a locked-down, "stateless" PC. It provides library patrons with access to a web browser, Office and a couple of other apps. Once a patron logs off or their session times out, Steadystate wipes any changes they made to hard drive.

I'd like to do the same with Ubuntu:

  • Provide access to Open/Libre Office
  • Access to Chrome or Firefox.
  • Be able to print to HP printers.
  • Erase any changes made by the user after each user session and/or reboot.
  • No access to the command line or any other unauthorized apps.

This question provides a few answers but it's two years old so I'm wondering if there are newer/better solutions?

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Great instructable on the topic here http://www.instructables.com/id/Setting-Up-Ubuntu-as-a-Kiosk-Web-Appliance/

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eliah Kagan Jun 4 '12 at 2:18
    
Thanks Matt. The instructable is great for setting up Chromium but I also need to set up Openoffice, printer access and if possible, discard any state [if a user saved a document then that document should be erased before the next person uses the machine.] Thanks. –  Sajee Jun 4 '12 at 13:15
    
Are all of the computers the same? –  Matt Timbrook Jun 4 '12 at 19:56
    
Yes, all the PC are the same. But why does that matter? –  Sajee Jun 7 '12 at 0:46
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