Porteus Kiosk 4.8.0 to be Available

Porteus Kiosk is OS designed for stand-alone kiosks, self-service terminals and display booth 
22 January 2019   644

The release of the Porteus Kiosk 4.8.0 distribution kit, based on Gentoo, is designed to equip stand-alone internet kiosks, display booths and self-service terminals. The boot image of the distribution is 93 MB.

The basic build includes only the minimum set of components required to launch a web browser (Firefox and Chrome are supported), which is reduced in its capabilities to prevent unwanted activity in the system (for example, setting changes are not allowed, application download / install is blocked, access to selected pages). Additionally, specialized Cloud assemblies are offered for comfortable work with web applications (Google Apps, Jolicloud, OwnCloud, Dropbox) and ThinClient for working as a thin client (Citrix, RDP, NX, VNC and SSH) and Server for managing a network of kiosks.

Setup is done through a special wizard, which is combined with the installer and allows you to prepare a customized version of the distribution for placement on a USB Flash or hard drive. For example, you can set a default page, define a white list of allowed sites, set a password for the guest login, define an inactivity timeout to end a session, change the background image, adjust the browser design, add additional plug-ins, enable wireless network support, configure keyboard layout switching and more. 

When loading, verification of system components by checksums is performed, and the system image is mounted in read-only mode. Updates are installed automatically using the mechanism of formation and atomic replacement of the system image as a whole. It is possible to centrally configure a group of typical Internet kiosks remotely with configuration loading over the network. Due to the small size, the default distribution is loaded entirely into RAM, which allows to significantly increase the speed of work.

Node.js v12.0.0 to be Rolled Out

It has giant list of updates, improvements and changes
24 April 2019   136

The release of Node.js 12.0.0, a platform for executing network applications in JavaScript, is available. Node.js 12.0 refers to branches with a long period of support, but this status will be assigned only in October, after stabilization. Updates for LTS branches are issued for 3 years. Support for the last LTS branch of Node.js 10.0 will last until April 2021, and the year before last LTS-branch 8.0 until January 2020. Support for the intermediate branch Node.js 11.0 will be discontinued in June 2019. The lifetime of the LTS branch 6.0 will end on April 30.

These are some of the large list of updates and new staff:

  • V8 engine was updated to version 7.4 with support for asynchronous stack traces, increasing await performance, parsing JavaScript and calls when the actual and declared number of arguments does not match;
  • TLS 1.3 is now supported in the tls module and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 is shutdown by default;
  • Enhancing protection and checks on the size of allocated memory in the Buffer class;

Get more info at official website.