Continuing the discussion from 1x81: The Bad Voltage Holiday Gift Guide 2016:
I've got an old laptop running Lubuntu. Our 4 1/2 yr old uses it to play games. I'm also going to look at putting some old DOS games on it, probably using DOSBox.
This machine needs to have a dead simple GUI. I had it loading directly into GCompris for a while, but that only allows you to run GCompris activities. No good for Tux Math, or shortcuts to DOSBox games I might set up.
So what I'd really like is an application that starts full screen at login, over top (or instead of) LXDE, and has nice big clicky icons for different program shortcuts. You'd need to be able to add and edit shortcuts, and ideally change the icons.
I'm a bit surprised I haven't found anything. Maybe I'm using the wrong search terms. All the instructions on building Linux kiosks seem to assume you'd do this using a browser and kiosk mode. But I don't see how that'd work in this case.
I'm open to hacking some configuration, or using something other than Lubuntu if necessary. Full-fat distros might be a bit much for this poor machine though