Contributed by johan on from the pitchers dept.
Marc Balmer (mbalmer@) has updated his blog with a very nice piece about how OpenBSD can be applied in real world applications other than your typical firewall or router.
The blog describes how OpenBSD was setup on Point Of Sales machines at the Basel Zoo.
Please read on for a short excerpt from the blog:
The POS terminals are booted into the installer and a normal OpenBSD install is performed, which takes an average ten minutes per system. Once installed, a root ssh key is generated and put onto the package distribution server, which takes another three minutes. To finally install the X/POS application, all that is needed is a pkg_add xpos which will install all needed dependencies and the X/POS application itself. After adding a few lines to /etc/rc.local, the machine is ready for operation. After a reboot, the graphical user interface is automatically started and the user is greeted with the POS applications login screen, which already uses the touchscreen as an interface.
This is a very interesting example of an OpenBSD based custom solution, have you got a similarly uncommon setup, would you like to tell the rest of us about it? Don't hesitate, click the "Add Story" link now and submit your story today.
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