This tutorial will show you how to easily create a status screen or kiosk using nothing but a spare display and a Raspberry Pi. This assumes you have a web page that you want displayed on that screen, either running on your own server, locally, or some third party web site. It also assumes you already connected the Pi to the display and successfully installed the built-in Raspbian OS (or other distribution of your choice) on the flash card.
First, install the following packages:
On Raspbian, you can type:
<bash> apt-get install chromium x11-xserver-utils unclutter
Next, you need to disable the screen saver in X Window. Edit
/etc/xdg/xsession/LXDE/autostart and comment out the screen saver line with a
# at the
beginning of the line.
Then, add the following lines to the same file:
<bash> @xset s off @xset -dpms @xset s noblank @chromium --kiosk --incognito http://www.your-website.com
And that's it! After you reboot the Pi, it should start Chromium automatically, and go to the specified web site.