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I would like to set up the Raspberry Pi as a simple box that runs Concerto exclusively. That way I can use an older TV as a screen.

Are there any tips or better solutions out there that I don't know of? Thanks!

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From this post on the Concerto Google Group, it is very possible.

EDIT: For those that are looking for the summarized steps, here they are:

Start with a Stock Install of Raspbian - at setup, choose to expand the disk to full sd card, and boot into window manager.

after Raspbian is up and running:

1.) Make the mouse pointer disappear:

sudo apt-get install unclutter

2.) Set up the LXDE X Window to automatic start the web browser midori with your web page.

sudo nano ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
@midori -e Fullscreen -a http://yoursignserver/screen/?mac=yourmacaddress

3.) Switch off the automatic screen blanking.

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Enable in the category 'SeatDefaults' the xserver-command like following:

[SeatDefaults]
xserver-command=X -s 0 dpms

Reboot and you should have a functioning Screen.

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Do you mind summarizing the post a little here? It takes a bit more effort to read the link and there may be some confusion over which bit is intended to be read. –  bearbin Sep 22 '12 at 11:46
    
Yeah I'm actually part of that discussion. I was hoping to see if anyone not part of the google group had figured it out. (this was before someone posted a solution) –  JaKXz Sep 24 '12 at 21:13
    
I just made a Google+ post with a picture of one of the screens I spent this afternoon working on. I started with a default Raspbian image, installed the chromium-browser package from the repository, configured Chromium to load Concerto on boot, and followed these instructions to disable screen blanking. I infrequently blog about my exploits in Concerto-land and once I get this finished, I'll blog about the experience. –  Kenley Oct 2 '12 at 21:18
    
@bearbin I added the steps for you. Sorry I hadn't checked back on this question in so long. –  JaKXz Sep 11 '13 at 22:00

Yes you can!

Remember, the client is just a stripped down debian install running firefox to access the concerto bakend. So all you really need to do is run a fullscreen firefox instance! The best bet would be to set up a bash script that runs on boot to automatically start firefox in fullscreen mode and point it at your concerto server.

The custom concerto client iso that is supplied will not work because it is only designed for the x86 architecture. Also running RPI software on the Rpi? It's like a match made in heaven!

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set up a bash script that runs on boot. This exists already. It's called .xinitrc. –  Jivings Jun 21 '12 at 19:03

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