Display a Web Page on boot with Raspberry Pi

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I just got a raspberry pi today to test a budget alternative to displaying dynamic dashboard metrics on monitors for work.  The raspberry pi is the perfect tool for this.  Its $35.  There is nothing to lose.  In the past I have used Intel’s NUC, but it was a lot of wasted compute power just to display some metrics.

To start off, I installed raspbian which is the debian flavor of linux suggested by Raspberry Pi themselves.  This can be downloaded on their website.

Once that was installed, there are 3 things we need to do:

  • Modify lightdm to tell the screen not to sleep
  • Modify Light DE to boot to midori and start a default webpage
  • Install unclutter to hide mouse inactivity (optional)
sudo vi /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
# add the following lines to the [SeatDefaults] section
# don't sleep the screen
xserver-command=X -s 0 dpms


sudo vi /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart

# comment everything and add the following lines

@xset s off
@xset -dpms
@xset s noblank
@midori -e Fullscreen -a http://plone.org


sudo apt-get install unclutter

Many thanks to NiteoWeb for the original information.


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