I need recommendations on distro to pick for Linux workstations that will be used as point-of-sale stations.
Requirements / wish list:
- Stable with regular, robust updates that rarely if ever break things
- Secure and quick to release critical security updates
- A good packet manager that reliably resolves dependencies, etc. and that can install updates without user intervention
- Good support for peripherals, recent drivers, etc.
- A large user base
- A smooth upgrade path to new major releases without re-install in the future would be nice.
The planned usage / configuration is to set each station up in a locked-down kiosk-type mode (and a hardened OS).
The boot sequence will be something along these lines:
- Boots into graphical mode and logs in automatically
- Automatically RDPs into a terminal server (using rdesktop), to run the
- The moment they disconnect from the RDP session, the machine shuts down
We currently use CentOS 5.x, but have a problem with USB drivers & touch screen support. Even though I like CentOS and know it fairly well, they are just a bit too conservative for my needs.
Two distros that come to mind are Ubuntu and Debian (and CentOS 6, but I might be painting myself into a corner again with it).
Recommendations (preferably backed by experience) to help me pick a distro would be very welcome!