Writing scripts for the Sun Ray Kiosk interface
By Jaap on Oct 06, 2010
I guess most people involved with the administration of Sun Rays and Sun Ray servers do know the Kiosk Mode interface functionality. The Kiosk Mode interface is one of the two modes of operation in the Sun Ray server software (the other one is the regular desktop of the Sun Ray server). Kiosk Mode is used to deliver any kind of virtual desktop (see image) or application to the Sun Ray user. It is highly customizable and for the Sun Ray Administrator one of the fun parts of the Sun Ray technology.
A few weeks ago Thin Guy announced the Sun Ray Kiosk Mode "SDK" in the Sun Ray Users mailing-list. He called this announcement a soft launch, the guide is wiki based and a Work in Progress document. In my view this soft launch was a bit to humble, it is a very nice piece of work that needs more attention.
If you like to write your own kiosk scripts or start to write, but never found the right directions in the official Sun Ray documentation, you will like this document. I copied this introduction from the Sun Ray Kiosk Session Development Kit:
"This site is intended to aid those who interested in creating customized Kiosk Session Types. It is also for those who desire a technical understanding about the design and architecture of Kiosk Mode for Sun Ray Server Software (SRSS) 4.2 and later"
The information is presented in different sections. It describes the support statement, the architecture and components of the Sun Ray Kiosk interface and you can also find examples and tips-and-tricks. The document is useful for new Kiosk script developers as well as for advanced developers.
You can find the document in the Desktop Virtualization Developer Information Center. I have created a pdf-document (October 6th, 2010) with the complete Sun Ray Kiosk SDK pdf-file. Print it and take it to your home, it is good reading stuff for the weekend.