Linux News Today: Webconverger 34 Linux Kiosk Now Based on Mozilla Firefox 44
Webconverger is a Linux distribution based on Debian that’s designed to be used in fully controlled settings like offices or Internet cafes. A new major update has been released and is now available with a new version of Firefox.
Webconverger is just one of the many Linux distributions that are built to be used as web kiosk. This is a very competitive market mostly because Linux is a safe and powerful operating systems that can run for a long time without breaking.
Web kiosks are designed to be used by a wide variety of users, so it’s not like regular operating systems that only goes through the hands of a single user. Also, in case you didn’t already know this, kiosks are operating systems usually based on Linux that provide users with limited access to an operating system.
Users can’t install applications or make any kind of modifications to the operating system, which ensures that the distribution runs for a long time without the need for outside intervention. Webconverger shows users a simple Firefox interface, so this is mostly used in internet cafes or similar locations.
Webconverger 34 has been released
Even if Webconverger 34 seems like a big step, but that’s not the case. This is mostly about the Firefox upgrade and a few other smaller changes.
“With the arrival of free SSL certificates from Lets Encrypt, together with a kind offer from Fastly CDN (locations) to help distribute Webconverger since we are an opensource project, we are now serving our ISO over SSL. So serving over SSL greatly reduces the chance of some malicious actor intercepting your connection to our server and giving you a corrupt version of our ISO,” reads the official announcement.
According to the changelog, Mozilla Firefox has been updated to version 44, a number of ongoing security updates have been implemented, Cambodian (Khmer) fonts have been added via Google’s fonts-noto package, and numerous other small fixes have been implemented.
Users of the distribution can update from the previous version. For more details, you can read the official announcement, and you can download Webconverger 34 right now from Softpedia.