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2018-01-15 NEWDistribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0, a new update of the project’s specialist Gentoo-based Linux distribution designed for web-only kiosks. This version is predominantly a security update: “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include Linux kernel 4.14.13, Mozilla Firefox 52.5.3 ESR and Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20180114. This release fixes the Meltdown attack and partially mitigates the Spectre vulnerability through updated CPU microcode and on the application level. Firefox 52 ESR browser is less affected by Spectre while Chrome 63 needs experimental Site Isolation security feature enabled. More patches to be merged as Meltdown/Spectre bugs are still a work in progress. Please consider enabling automatic updates service for your kiosks to receive latest fixes and patches as soon as they become available.” See the release announcement and changelog for further details. Download: Porteus-Kiosk-4.6.0-x86_64.iso (82.0MB, MD5, pkglist).

About Porteus Kiosk
Porteus Kiosk is a lightweight Gentoo-based Linux operating system which has been downscaled and confined to allow the use of one application only – the Firefox web browser. The browser has been locked down to prevent users from tampering with settings or downloading and installing software. When the kiosk boots, it automatically opens Firefox to the user’s preferred home page. The browsing history is not kept, no passwords are saved, and many menu items have been disabled for increased security. When Firefox is restarted all caches are cleared and the browser reopens with a clean session.

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2017-09-04 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the availability of a new release of Porteus Kiosk, a Gentoo-based distribution used for exclusively running a web browser. The project’s latest release, Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0, includes several package upgrades, including Linux 4.12, Firefox 52 ESR and Chrome 60. In addition, the distribution now supports configuring multiple touch screens connected to one computer. “Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.12.10, Mozilla Firefox 52.3.0 ESR and Google Chrome 60.0.3112.113. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20170901. Short change log for 4.5.0 release: Added support for EAP over LAN (802.1x) authentication on wired connections. VNC and SSH daemons can be limited to listening on localhost interface. This is useful from security point of view as nobody can access the kiosk on public network interface. Mind that you’ll have to use another service: Porteus Kiosk Server, Guacamole, NoVNC, etc in order to tunnel VNC or SSH traffic to kiosk’s localhost interface. It is possible to calibrate multiple touchscreen devices which are connected to kiosk.” Further information can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download: Porteus-Kiosk-4.5.0-x86_64.iso (77MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-06-01 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0. Porteus Kiosk is a Gentoo-based distribution which has been customized to be a dedicated platform for exclusively running a web browser. The new release features Firefox 52 ESR, Google Chrome 58 (with Netflix streaming support) and the swap partition has been replaced by a more flexible swap file. “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.9.30, Mozilla Firefox 52.1.2 ESR and Google Chrome 58.0.3029.110. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20170526. Short changelog for 4.4.0 release: Online or local webpage can be used as the screensaver. Swap partition has been replaced with more flexible swap file. It is possible to set custom printer name in the system. Added support for hosting SSL certificates directly on Porteus Kiosk Server. Enabled CloudPrinting by default for Porteus Kiosk Cloud/ThinClient variants utilizing Chrome browser. All plugins for Chrome are enabled by default including ‘Widevine Content Decryption Module’ so its possible to watch e.g. Netfilx movies.” A complete list of changes can be found on the project’s news page. Download: Porteus-Kiosk-4.4.0-x86_64.iso (72MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-03-13 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the availability of a new version of Porteus Kiosk, a lightweight Gentoo-based Linux operating system which has been downscaled and confined to allow the use of one application only – a web browser. The new release, Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0, features Firefox 45 ESR, Google Chrome 55, Adobe Flash 24 and version 4.9.14 of the Linux kernel. “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.9.14, X.Org Server 1.19.2 Mozilla Firefox 45.8.0 ESR, Adobe Flash 24.0.0.221 and Google Chrome 55.0.2883.87. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20170311. Short changelog for 4.3.0 release: Configuration parameter ‘client_id=automatic’ will automatically assign client ID to the kiosk – no need for manual configuration per device. This parameter makes client installation easier and faster especially for large deployments. Serial backend for the CUPS printing service has been enabled by default. Some USB printers still require it for direct USB connection.” Further details can be found on the project’s news page. Download: Porteus-Kiosk-4.3.0-x86_64.iso (67.0MB, MD5, pkglist).
2016-12-05 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0. The Gentoo-based kiosk platform now provides version 4.4.36 of the Linux kernel, Firefox 45.5.1 ESR and Google Chrome 54, along with many other changes. “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.4.36, X.Org Server 1.18.4, Mozilla Firefox 45.5.1 ESR and Google Chrome 54.0.2840.100. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20161203. Short changelog for 4.2.0 release: All files used by the clients (wallpaper, screensaver slide show images, browser preferences, proxy configuration) can be hosted directly on Porteus Kiosk Server – no need to use 3rd party web hosting service anymore. If multiple browser tabs were set during installation then it’s possible to toggle between the tabs at specific time interval. This is useful for digital signage purposes. Screensaver slideshow can display images in random order instead of alphabetic order….” Further details can be found in the release announcement. Download (pkglist): Porteus-Kiosk-4.2.0-x86_64.iso (62MB, MD5), Porteus-Kiosk-Server-4.2.0-x86_64.iso (63MB, MD5).
2016-05-30 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.0.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.0.0, a major new release of the project’s Gentoo-based distribution of Linux designed for web kiosks. The biggest change is a switch to the x86_64 architecture following Google’s decision to drop support for the 32-bit Chrome browser on the Linux platform: “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.0.0 is now available for download. The Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.4.11, Mozilla Firefox to version 45.1.1 ESR and Google Chrome to version 50.0.2661.102. Packages from the userland are upgraded to the Portage snapshot tagged on 20160528. Here is an overview of the most notable features introduced in this release: added support for setting default microphone in case you have multiple capture devices in the system; it’s now possible to download screensaver slideshow ZIP archive every X minutes; import certificates function has been extended to also support Citrix Receiver certificates….” Read the release announcement and the changelog for further information. Download (MD5): Porteus-Kiosk-4.0.0-x86_64.iso (58.0MB, pkglist), Porteus-Kiosk-Server-4.0.0-x86_64.iso (60.0MB).
2016-02-29 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0, a new update of the single-purpose Gentoo-based distribution designed for web kiosks: “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0 is now available for download. New version sums all the development which happened in the last 3 months and which can be tracked with details in the changelog to the Porteus Kiosk ‘automatic updates’ service. Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.4.3, Mozilla Firefox to version 38.6.1 ESR and Google Chrome to version 47.0.2526.111. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 2016-02-28. We have moved early to the kernel 4.4.x LTS line as we need better support for PCs powered by the Intel Skylake processors. Please note that kernel and userland packages are compiled for i586 architecture, that means Porteus Kiosk does not support i486 CPUs anymore.” See the release announcement and changelog for an overview of the most notable features introduced in this release. Download (MD5): Porteus-Kiosk-3.7.0-i586.iso (52.0MB, pkglist), Porteus-Kiosk-Server-3.7.0-i586.iso (54.0MB).
2015-11-30 Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.6.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 3.6.0, the latest quarterly update of the project’s single-purpose Gentoo-based distribution for web kiosks. This release introduces a server edition which designed for monitoring, accessing and managing Porteus Kiosk clients: “I’m pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 3.6.0 is now available for download. The new version sums all the development which happened in the last three months. Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.1.13, Mozilla Firefox to version 38.4.0 ESR and Google Chrome to version 46.0.2490.86. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20151128. Here is a short overview of the most notable features introduced in this release: implemented support for associating the kiosk clients with Porteus Kiosk Server – our brand new operating system which allows monitoring, accessing and managing the clients even if they are placed behind a NAT, proxy or firewall; added support for injecting or replacing default browser preferences with a text file hosted on the network….” See the release announcement and changelog for a full list of changes and new features. Download (MD5): Porteus-Kiosk-3.6.0-i486.iso (50.0MB, pkglist), Porteus-Kiosk-Server-3.6.0-i486.iso (51.0MB).

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