Porteus Kiosk 4.8.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include Linux kernel 4.19.16, Xorg Server 1.20.3, Google Chrome 70.0.3538.110

PORTEUS KIOSK 4.8.0 IS LIVE

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Porteus Kiosk 4.8.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.19.16, Xorg Server 1.20.3, Google Chrome 70.0.3538.110 and Mozilla Firefox 52.9.0 ESR. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20190119: link.

We have not migrated to latest Firefox 60.x ESR release yet for three reasons:

a) 'silent printing' function broke in Firefox 59.x on the Linux platform, we have reported the bug upstream and bisected offending commits few months ago although still waiting for this issue to be resolved by Mozilla

b) wanted to keep NPAPI plugins (flash, java, silverlight, etc) alive for a bit longer as these technologies may be still used in some conservative environments

c) need to wait for Firefox addon developers to port remaining legacy XUL addons to web extensions which are mandatory since introduction of the Firefox Quantum

Hopefully next kiosk release will bring latest Firefox ESR to our browser choice.

Short changelog for 4.8.0 release:Added support for the 'onscreen buttons' to the Firefox browser: back, forward, home, print, etc. Among other functions this feature resolves the case when navigation bar is disabled, user enters a non whitelisted page and is not able to go back to previously viewed page.Its possible to set default paper size for the printer directly in the kiosk config. 'A4' and 'Letter' sizes are available in the wizard by default but other ones are supported as well (you need to find the sizes which are supported by certain printer driver yourself as its not possible to automate this process yet).Added possibility of forcing the 'fbdev' DDX driver which in some cases - depending on the GPU card - offers higher screen resolution than the VESA driver.Its possible to set a custom port number on which the VNC service will be listening. This feature is especially important for kiosks which are connected directly to the internet (e.g. through the dialup modems) and are not protected by the NAT or the firewall. Non default VNC port helps avoiding brute force attacks performed by the internet bots.Remote kiosk config name will be displayed in the debug report. For security reasons we cant reveal full kiosk config location, however - config name should be enough for the admins to figure out which remote config the kiosk is currently using.Allow 'screensaver webpage' to work with webpages stored on a local filesystem.Added "Test internet speed" to Actions in the Administration Panel of Porteus Kiosk Server so its possible to check how fast the client can download 100 MB file from porteus-kiosk.org website.Added conky applet to Porteus Kiosk Server in order to monitor failed SSH/VNC login attempts possibly caused by the internet bots.Other bugfixes and improvements.

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