Showing posts from September, 2012

Dashboards Made Easy

If you work at an agile shop you probably have seen something like this:

You also find a lot about how people create those nice dash boards as a web page, but you almost never find out how to actually build the system that runs the dash board.

Basically this is a task for digital signage, but "standard" solutions like Xibo seem heavily oversized for running an internal dash board. All we need is a Linux box running a browser and the screen staying on.

As my team also wanted to have a dashboard, I  recently hat to build one and decided to put my effort into an Ubuntu package named kiosk-browser that can be found on the ImmobilienScout24 github page. The package turns a regular Ubuntu installation into a web-based dashboard.

Now the effort to setup a new dashboard system has been reduced to these steps:
Install a computer with Ubuntu.Build or download and install the kiosk-browser package. Log on as a user and run this command:
sudo tee /etc/default/kiosk-browser \