I'll give you guys a basic rundown on what i'm trying to accomplish and please be patient with me as i am very new to raspberry Pis. I do however understand some of the basic functions, so i should be able to follow along.
What we'll be doing is setting the Pi up to a monitor that is in a sealed location, and will not have an active network connection. This Pi will basically play a slideshow of pictures all day long, but will need to be able to have these pictures updated quite frequently.
What i'll end up doing is taking a wifi access point down to the unit and connecting to the point with a windows laptop and the PI unit. the Pi unit will have it's own dedicated wireless/bluetooth mouse/keyboard setup.
From there, i'd like to be able to transfer pictures to the Pi unit from the Windows laptop and then go back to the Pi and change the slideshow settings. I'll be doing this on two Pi computers from one windows laptop.
Here are some of my main questions:
-What flavor of Linux will work best in this situation?
-what applications should i use that will work both on linux and windows?
-password protected file sharing (is a plus)?
-Any known wireless keyboard/mouse combos that anyone could suggest and are easily compatible with the Pi?
-Any clean slideshow software for linux that anyone could suggest?
-If the wireless keyboard combo is a bluetooth unit how easily will the Pi pick it up? (remember this unit will be sealed away, and i don't want to dig it out when i could've just spent the extra money to get a wireless keyboard for the unit)