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Setting up an internet café

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Hello guys, i'm new here. I'm from Mauritius, some of you may not know where it is but just Google it ;D Okay, enough introduction.
I'm starting a new business in my country, where few people know about Linux. I'll be opening an internet café soon, and i need some help from you guys.

1. What specs for the computers do you recommend me to use for the internet café?
2. Is Linux Mint good to be used in an Internet café?
3. Will I be able to use Linux Mint for the Server of my Business?
4. Will I be able to run Counter Strike 1.6 Non-Steam on Linux Mint? How?
5. Do you know any good Internet Café Manager for Linux?


Feel free to post any ideas and suggestions. thanks for your help Buddies ! I just want to help to promote Linux in my Country :)
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I don't really have direct answers to your questions, but thought the following post would be of interest to you, even though it is a few years old.

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... fe#p390770
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I just tried Google, here is the first entry:
http://www.cyber-cafe-software.com/Eng/Linux/

and here is the Google page:
https://www.google.com/search?q=cyber+c ... +for+Linux
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thanks guys. but i need some answers to my questions :3 if anyone could answer them ;D and i was thought of using mkahawa but if there's one more interesting, i'll be glad to check it out :) thanks again.
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:shock: wow your way out in the ocean, I actually checked it out, right near Madagasgar, which I only heard about from from the cartoon movies and seems like a cool place, well at least in the cartoons.
My wife ran a cafe that had internet access for the patrons, it all depends what there used to and what there going to use it for, where she was it was 99% windows users, so they stuck with windows, but if there used to linux then go with linux, it's better anyhow :D
As far as linux mint for the users, yup no problem there but I would go with the main edition, cinnamon.
As far as servers go, I am not sure if Clem has a server edition or not, but a lot of others do, and linux and servers go hand in hand, most servers use linux now and have for some time. It's just all around better.
The reason I say to use cinnamon is because probably a lot of your patrons might be used to windows, and maybe not so much linux, gnome 3 and unity might thrrow them off a bit where as cinnamon still has the normal feel to it most are used to and it wouldn't be hard for any window user to use it.
Counter Strike I'm not sure about, I stopped being a gamer years ago, but if you want to run any windows games, wine can usually do the trick, with a link on the desktop or a separate menu built for games.
As far as patron usage goes, some might want to gamble online (all depending what your going to allow or not) and some will want to download the online casino's software, (they only work in windows and will not install in wine) but most have a flash version now so they can do it online now instead without downloading anything, makes it safer you as well.
You will find a lot of them will want to download stuff so you will have to keep your eye for this kind of stuff, having linux prevents a lot of it from happening, mainly because it just will not run on it, unless you can set it up so only admin rights can download anything, but then some do save images so maybe an account folder for users to save there stuff in so you can go clean house once and awhile, we usually did this mess at the wife's store lol, and it can become a pretty big mess, which is why limiting them to a folder for downloads makes it easier for you, other wise it'll be all over the place.
Make sure you restrict usage because they will get nosy and snoop around.
Do you know any good Internet Café Manager for Linux? sorry nope. Google might be able to help you with this one.
You can also create a intranet/internet set up a php base with mySql database for users a start page and login for users, it can also time there usuage when they log on and log out, when it comes time to pay the bill, it's all recorder in the database, just call it up make a simple calculator out of javascript or php to make a bill up or give you total cost etc...... been awhile since I programmed in php and mySql but it doesn't take much to learn it all.
This way you can create a splash page also and a gateway after they login which starts the time, there's a lot you can do with it, all depends on your cost and time to do it all and how much knowledge you have to achieve it.
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Number 3 here ya go
Ubuntu, Red Hat, (Cent Os is a free version of red hat), Fedora, OpenSUSE, Debian and probably a few more out there.
You can actually use any OS as a server, I used to use my personal computer as one all the time when I was into making flash/php stuff years ago and needed testers, so I would open up the server side and let them in to test, it all depends what your going to use it for.
The above mention ones are for servers so if that's what your after then they should help you along the way.
Good luck with it all I hope it works out good for you.
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Thanks for you post samriggs. it helped me a lot, but i don't have answers to all my questions yet ! >.< anyways. i'm building my computers on Intel G630 Dual core processors with 2GB of ram! i think that it'll be enough!
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ya that sounds like enough to me, the ones at my wifes old work were a lot older and less in it then that and they worked fine. plus they allowed them to bring there own computers as well and just paid for the connection (password to log on which changed every day) but then you had watch that because of what some creepy folks might download through your connection and you get blamed for.
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wow there is surprisingly quite a few out there, I would of wrote my own without doing a search first :lol: silly me
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I recommend Billing Aura which you can get at http://warnet-nganjuk.blogspot.com/2011 ... re-on.html

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You will face a password problem when trying to login you can solve that by:

Installing the old version which you can download from https://sites.google.com/site/retnetnga ... ects=0&d=1
click on the menu SERVER

then replace it with a new password.
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I recommend Billing Aura which you can get at http://warnet-nganjuk.blogspot.com/2011 ... re-on.html

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To install simply extract and install the deb for aura-billingclient and/or aura-billingserver.

You will face a password problem when trying to login you can solve that by:

Installing the old version which you can download from https://sites.google.com/site/retnetnga ... ects=0&d=1
click on the menu SERVER

user = admin
password = aura999

then replace it with a new password and enjoy!! You can give it a try Sam it's really amazing! I should not help you though cause you haven't created that splash I told you about!lool

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Valve has a solution for cyber cafes but I don't think it's been ported to Linux just yet.
So, for future reference:
https://cafe.steampowered.com/
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dagon wrote:Valve has a solution for cyber cafes but I don't think it's been ported to Linux just yet.
So, for future reference:
https://cafe.steampowered.com/
Wow :D For the time being I think Mint should include Billing Aura in its repository :D
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