Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0 has been released!

Mr Tomasz Jokiel representing Porteus team announced release of Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0, latest stable update of independently evolved portable GNU/Linux distribution special designed for embedded systems like ATM machines, advertisement boards, ..etc.

Poretus Kiosk 3.7.0 comes with several updated software packages including Linux Kernel 4.4.3, Mozilla Firefox 38.6.1 ESR, Google Chrome 47.0.2526.111. The team also declared that all these packages are compiled for i586 architecture and so Porteus Kiosk won't support i486 architectures anymore.



According to release announcement, following are major highlights of this release.
  • Added support for RTC wake alarm which allows powering up the kiosk at certain hour:minute within each day of the week. PC motherboard must support this feature and 'Wake up events' must be enabled in the BIOS/EFI firmware in order to get this function working properly.
  • Its possible to protect the kiosk or server session with a password. Only authorized users can access the browser/administration panel and use the system.
  • Zoom controls and "pinch to zoom" touch gesture can be disabled to prevent the users from changing zoom level in the browser.
  • Added support for running custom command during system startup. It can be used for various purposes, e.g. configuring the touchpad, rsyncing offline content, displaying kiosk IP address.
  • In case of problems with the display its possible to use alternate 2D DDX driver: modesetting or vesa.
  • Import certificates function can load certificates directly from .crt and .pem files.
  • Porteus Kiosk Server version "Premium" can be customized through the Server Wizard.
  • Disabled system messages to make the kiosk booting process quieter. Warnings and errors are displayed only when something goes wrong. Notifications are displayed when kiosk reconfigures/upgrades itself. Full system debranding is possible through the customized builds service.
  • Kiosk installation/reconfiguration/upgrades are faster as 'dd' uses 1MB for the block size. Burning is also more reliable due to checksum verification performed when installation is finished.
  • Added statically linked SSL helper to the initrdpxe.xz component which allows downloading kiosk config or modules from SSL protected sites during PXE boot.
  • Many other bugfixes and improvements.
See complete release announcement in Porteus Kiosk portal.



Download: Porteus Kiosk 3.7.0
md5sum: link

Download: Porteus Kiosk Server 3.7.0
md5sum: link

Changelog: link
Package list: link
Standalone components: link
Sources: distfiles portage snapshot 20160228

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