Some time ago I received an email where they told me that they would like to know something about Ubuntu and internet cafes, more specifically on the software to use in an internet café. I have searched and investigated about it and although there is not much it has helped me to get a good idea of what there is. Currently there are only two distributions focused on cybercafés, in addition these distributions are developed on Ubuntu. The problem with all this is that they are unsupported or withdrawn distributions due to the problems they have encountered. The reason for all this is due to Ubuntu itself. And no, I'm not saying Ubuntu is bad, but Ubuntu by default is oriented to network use, like the rest of GNU / Linux distributions, so it makes little sense to develop something specific for a cybercafé that is already a network.
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Cyberlinux and Loculinux, the easiest options
Cyberlinux and Loculinux They are the distributions that I have found oriented to Internet cafes. The first of them, Ciberlinux, has been withdrawn due to the problem it had. Faced with such a problem, the developers have said that they are going to rewrite the faulty program to improve the distribution and the software. Cyberlinux It was based on Ubuntu 12.04 so we may see a new installment of this distribution in the next LTS version. The second distribution, loculinuxIt is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and nothing is known about future updates so I really do not recommend it, although it is still a good option if we have old equipment.
New Cyber Control, the intermediate option for Internet cafes
In Internet cafes with Windows, the system to use is to create a network with Windows Server as a center and install a program on each client that allows control of the client computer from the server. We can reproduce this perfectly thanks to the program New Cyber Control, a program that is installed on each client and on the server and allows us to control the client from our server. It is comfortable, fast and simple, since its installation is through deb packages. The only bad thing about this system is that it is a bit outdated and may cause problems with new versions, such as Ubuntu 13.10
Our own network, the most difficult option
This option is the most difficult and the most complex, but surely those who know about networks will already know where I am going. As what we have in the Cybercafé is a simple network, what we can do is create a network with Ubuntu and Ubuntu server and manage the computers from the server. We would not need any program but know how to script and manage the .log files to be able to control the time of the session. In addition, managing the profiles and users, we can give a lot of play to the network and the cybercafé, but as I said it is a difficult and arduous option, at first, since then it will give a lot of peace of mind, more than with other systems.
You decide which system to use, but still remember how much Ubuntu as Gnu / Linux do your strengths and weaknesses for working in an internet café as a limitation of video games or a practically non-existence of viruses as a virtue, for example. So if you are thinking of setting up an internet cafe or parlor, or you have in mind to renew it, do not forget to consider this, it will save you future troubles.