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My question has to do with my plan/dream of opening a Cyber Cafe in Mogadishu, Somalia, my birth place. I plan to use 5 to 15 computers (all laptops) running Ubuntu. Now that you have the background to my question, I need your help, advice and expertise.

  1. What type of computer (laptop) should I use for this project?
  2. What type of operating system (Ubuntu Desktop/Ubuntu Server Edition) should I use?
  3. How can I setup a file and printer sharing server?
  4. What program should I use to manage the client computers?

If you have done this before and can point me to the best and easiest way to build this Cyber Cafe, I would appreciate it tremendously. Also, if you can point me to any books, articles, or blogs which I should read, I would appreciate it too.

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closed as too broad by Kevin Bowen, guntbert, Eric Carvalho, Pilot6, David Foerster Jun 23 at 10:00

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Search for "ubuntu kiosk" on google as a starter ;) – Rinzwind Mar 13 '13 at 18:30
Or if you do not want to re-create the wheel, use a distro built and maintained for this purpose. – bodhi.zazen Mar 13 '13 at 18:36
And a reborn card might be very efficient: cost around 18 euro and when you reboot this card resets the system to a pre defined state. – Rinzwind Mar 13 '13 at 18:40
You could look into getting computers without hard drives to save money! And just boot them from a Server, if you did a live OS, perhaps a customized Ubuntu LiveOS, it would automatically be a "fresh OS" after each boot. Very good for security in that situation as nothing gets saved by users. – FreeSoftwareServers Aug 25 '15 at 6:38
Are you thinking of a Gaming Cafe? or just Internet Access web browsing, simple stuff? Gaming Rigs cost big $$ but can build culture, IMO your better off doing just simple Web Browsing though, lower risk higher ROI – FreeSoftwareServers Aug 25 '15 at 6:40