I have set up Raspberry Pi as a Dashboard Monitor a couple of times. Here I want to summarize my steps. In fact, it is nothing special, a raspberry pi that is used as a browser showing a web based dashboard in full screen, but there are some important configuration steps needed to make it as good as possible.
Raspbian is the best operating system for Raspberry Pi. Just stick with that.
Expand file storage
When you boot up Raspberry Pi, the first thing you should do is to expand the file storage, otherwise it is hard to install anything. To do so, run raspi-config from command line and restart your raspberry pi after that.
Rename your raspberry
You are advised to change the password. In my case I usually just want to keep the default password: “raspberry”. What I want is to change the hostname from raspberrypi to some unique hostname (in my example it will be “kallerasp”), so that I can access it from my network without running risk for name conflicts. To rename your raspberry, update the /etc/hostname file:
sudo vim /etc/hostname
After that restart your computer.
Iceweasel is a Firefox fork, which works just fine on the raspberry pi. Update your raspberry pi and install it:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y
sudo apt-get install -y iceweasel
Make sure the screen is not getting blank
To use your raspberry pi as a dashboard monitor we need to prevent the screen from getting blank (dark).
sudo cp lightdm.conf lightdm.conf.bak
sudo vim lightdm.conf
Update it so you have the following:
xserver-command=X -s 0 -dpms
Start dashboard page on startup
To automatically start iceweasel on startup, we need to configure autostart. To do so, run this from terminal:
In the .desktop file write following:
Previously I had chromium-browser –kiosk http://someurl, but Chromiums is no longer available, and iceweasel does not have –kiosk parameter. On the other hand, you have to activate Full Screen the first time, then after OS restart iceweasel automatically will activate Full Screen and your dashboard page from the previous session.