We use old desktops running Ubuntu for catalog stations throughout the library. If the computer is rebooted, since most folks aren’t familiar with the Ubuntu OS, they don’t know how to open the catalog. So I did some research and found a fast and easy way to open FireFox to the catalog at system startup. Here’s how.
- Open a Terminal window
- Type cd .config/upstart/ and hit enter
Note: If the directory is not found, you’ll need to type ls –a to show the hidden files first.
- Type nano firefox-with-url.conf and hit enter
Note: if you get a permission denied, try typing sudo before nano. Of course you need to have sudo permission to issue that command, so you may need to resolve that before continuing.
- Type the following
start on desktop-start
stop on desktop-end
exec firefox http://wilmington.mvlc.org*
*Put the page you want FireFox to load here instead of this
- Hit ctrl+X to exit
- Hit Y to save the changes and hit enter.
And that’s it!