Thanks for all the suggestions, I’ve had a look at Linux Mint and it looks ideal. Originally, I thought of building the machines using ChromeOS, not realising that Google don’t Open Source it.
Anyway, Mint looks ideal, the latest version (19.2) with the Mate desktop has the following hardware requirements (from Mint website):
- 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
- 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
- 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
I Imagine that disk space could be trimmed if needed.
Only question now is the point that @PBark78 raised which is the one of allowing a login to the RAFAC website from a machine running an Open Source OS. Personally, I fancy the security of Linux over Windows any day, but often cost is confused with quality. If anyone has any comments on this, I’d be interested.
I would build the machines with all sudo privileges switched off and root access well locked down, I think that would surpass Windows level security. I also love the suggestion from @bob1 to have the machines purge previous usage as they reboot, so it looks like a clean machine every time, could even make the browser open full screen to the login page.
Thanks for your suggestions.
I’ll let you know.