While the latest release of Porteus Kiosk v5.1.0 comes with Linux kernel 5.4.70 and other updated system components, including update to the latest version of Gentoo stable branch. Porteus Kiosk can be used for several purposes such as displaying advertisements, or as an Internet kiosk, or even at other publicly available web terminals for schools, libraries, cafes, and hotels.
It only allows the running of a web browser at a time and users are not able to tamper with settings or download and installing of software.
What's New in Porteus Kiosk 5.1.0 Release
The latest Porteus Kiosk 5.1.0 Release includes the latest Chrome 85.0.4183.121 and Firefox 78.3.1 ESR, with the full list of changes and updates to the packages available here.
Find the other key updates in Porteus Kiosk 5.1.0 below:
- Creation of PTY nodes during system boot in ThinClient edition.
- Ctrl+Shift+d keyboard shortcut is now Disabled by default.
- Broadcom and Realtek PHY drivers are now compiled directly into the kernel to resolve PXE booting issues on some PCs.
- Double mounting of the kiosk’s client file system in Porteus Kiosk Server “Premium” is now prevented.
- Enabling of the feature to wipe the guest’s home folder from the persistent partition using the ‘persistence=wipe’ parameter in remote kiosk config.
Additionally, kiosk 5.1.0 has added Video Acceleration API (VAAPI) info in the debug log for users to find which video codecs could be hardware decoded by the GPU. Also, it has enabled EFI stub support in the kernel config which allows booting on some HP PCs equipped with EFI firmware.
How to Upgrade to Porteus Kiosk 5.1.0
If you are a new user and want to try out the new Kiosk 5.1.0, you need to get the ISO image from the official download page.
And kindly note that Porteus Kiosk is released as a standalone 'hybrid' ISO image which can be either burned on a CD/DVD or other bootable media including hard drives, usb sticks, SSD/eMMC devices, and removable SD/MMC cards.