Webconverger Changelog

New in version 31

July 30th, 2015
  • Fixed an issue with printing
  • Pushed Firefox 39
  • Further locked down some new Mozilla anti-features like social services, pocket and hello URLs
  • Received a fantastic endorsement from the (Internet) famous security pundit SwiftOnSecurity

New in version 30 (May 25th, 2015)

  • So we skipped version 29 and 30 marks the fact that we are on Debian Jessie 8.0. Hopefully the only difference you will notice is that this new release should run a bit better on newer hardware. There is an unfortunate caveat that if you are using a 486 kernel based Webconverger, your upgrade will not go smoothly. We noticed that most people using the 486 kernel were doing so mistakenly and we've asked the very few people that are affected, to please simply re-install with any version since 25. Usually you will find your machine to run better, since it's taking advantage of 686 multicore architecture. So yes, we are dropping 486 support.

New in version 27.1 (December 23rd, 2014)

  • Better Intel support, we do recommend NUC hardware and this update will give more flexibility with external displays
  • Rebranded to our new logo and do check out our refreshed Website!
  • Includes Firefox 34 with accompanying security fixes
  • New 3.16 kernel for better hardware support
  • New tabswitch= API, a convenient function to switch between tabs when used for Digital Signage
  • Important Flash security updates, so important that Mozilla blocked

New in version 26.0 (September 18th, 2014)

  • Revised boot menu; helping you get started with Neon, our Web signage product
  • Firefox 32
  • Basic proxy authentication. A customer wanted this to fit into their complex Windows deployment, so now you have it too.
  • Tab right click menu removed to make user interface simpler
  • Bug fixes to the print button and the job scheduler API (cron=)
  • The usual stable security updates and Adobe Flash, with an additional font to make Flash video text render correctly

New in version 25.0 (June 27th, 2014)

  • New super simple whitelist= filtering option
  • New numlock API, to assist deployments in banks and such for numpad data entry
  • Incorporated Firefox 29/30 based Australis user interface refresh, being very careful to minimise its impact on our conservative userbase
  • Downsized 397M→375M, losing ~22M
  • nvidia video card support restored with the nouveau driver
  • Various SSL and flash security updates

New in version 24.0 (March 20th, 2014)

  • Firefox 28
  • MP4 video playing support, so you can use an MP4 video now to attract patrons to your service when idle
  • Flash security updates, though do try HTML video instead, so we can deprecate Flash
  • Linux kernel 3.12, a longterm stable kernel
  • New filter= API which complements our new (yet to be launched) filter.webconverger.com service for fine grained blacklisting (think OpenDNS, but cheaper)

New in version 23.0 (December 17th, 2013)

  • Linux 3.10 kernel for increased hardware compatibility
  • Firefox 26 and Flash updates
  • A change to make installed version upgrades and downgrades more bandwidth efficient
  • BUGFIX: When using a non-English locale, Accept Language headers are properly set. So for some Web applications, pages will be automatically in your language!

New in version 22.0 (November 15th, 2013)

  • grabdrag API for better touch screen support.
  • Emoji fonts! 💻 Webconverger saves you ⌚️ and 💰 giving you 📈 and your users 📰
  • Firefox 25 and Flash security updates

New in version 20.0 (June 18th, 2013)

  • Firefox 21 updates and Flash security updates
  • A dist-upgrade, based on Progress Linux 2.0 (baureo)
  • On a bit of a diet, 441M to 357M, saving about 60 Megs, by removing files you won't need
  • widescrollbars options for touch screen deployments
  • Tweaks to force viewing PDFs inline
  • Customer configurations are now fetched over SSL

New in version 19.1 (April 11th, 2013)

  • Printing support completely overhauled with a new printer= API
  • Restored nvidia WebGL acceleration using driver version 313.30
  • New support API which allows customers to send us their complete (non-browsing) logs for study to http://support.webconverger.com/[MACHINE_IDENTITY]
  • Raft of package upgrades
  • New prefs= API, to override Firefox preferences, typically used for omitting print headers
  • Firefox 20 updates and Flash security updates
  • Tweaks to our Firefox kiosk extension (version 45)

New in version 18.0 (March 12th, 2013)

  • Provisioned the proprietary Google talk plugin, which will make us more applicable in Internet cafes. With a Google account you can make voice and video calls!
  • New fonts, you shouldn't see a missing Unicode glyph for your language, thanks to the newly integrated Droid font coverage
  • Arabic & Russian i18n support via the default [Alt+shift] key bind, through the boot Languages menu
  • Firefox 19
  • iptables= API described in filtering
  • showprintbutton API described in printing
  • 3.8.2 Linux kernel with better hardware support

New in version 16.0 (December 11th, 2012)

  • New chrome=neon and black background Neon theme
  • New homepage= expansions for WEBCID, WEBCVERSION & finally USBID for simple physical authentication in POS use cases
  • New noescape option for further locking down of install boot
  • Update Firefox 17.0.1 and flash update
  • Bug fixes for https_proxy, xinput and disabling addons

New in version 15.1 (November 6th, 2012)

  • New hosts= feature for simple internet blacklist/whitelist filtering
  • Font hinting for smoother page renders
  • Faster browser boot times
  • Feature and security updates to Firefox to 16.0.2
  • Security update to Adobe Flash player
  • Various updates to the underlying Progress Linux system

New in version 15 (October 9th, 2012)

  • Firefox 15.0.1
  • xinput= touch screen calibration API
  • log= debug API
  • Restored 486 support for old PC hardware
  • chrome=debug for browser debugging & testing
  • Fix PDF support which was accidentally broken in 14.1
  • Restore printing support with CUPS

New in version 14.0 (August 16th, 2012)

  • New: 686 kernel, which should show better performance on multi-core hardware
  • New: nVidia 302.17 support via bumblebee & VirtualGL for easing deployment
  • New: Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1, using the official distribution
  • New: noclean API option for deployments where the default clean slate is not desirable (e.g. Granny's bungalow)
  • New: swarp API for mouse positioning, many thanks to the suckless community
  • Update: Critical Flash update
  • Fixes: Better xrandr screen handling, for portrait orientation try xrandr-all=--rotate right
  • Fixes: Time synchronization doesn't alter the BIOS clock
  • Fixes: Logging tweaks to increase signal over noise
  • Fixes: Better lock down

New in version 13.0 (May 26th, 2012)

  • Search engine changed to DuckDuckGo from Google after signing a revenue share deal on sponsored links like Linux Mint
  • New boot API to override DNS
  • New API to support scheduled shutdowns
  • Updated Firefox to 10.0.4
  • Updated Flash to
  • Updated dwm to 6.0

New in version 11.2 (February 8th, 2012)

  • Firefox 10
  • Linux 3.2 with TCP Proportional Rate Reduction
  • Removal of confusing tab groups from Firefox, making things simpler
  • Stop accidental downloads of unknown mimetypes, therefore saving precious bandwidth
  • For developers: Build upgraded to live build a42 from Debian Live and source has moved to Github
  • 10 second retry on net Error, for cases where network isn't quite ready
  • More (non-free) wireless firmware: realtek, libertas, brcm80211 & atheros, means your wireless kiosk will almost certainly work

New in version 7.2 (January 31st, 2011)

  • A minor security update which fixes two issues raised by François Audirac

New in version 7.0 (November 6th, 2010)

  • This version is based on Debian "squeeze" packages.
  • Firefox 3.5.8 was updated to the latest stable release, 3.6.12.
  • The boot animation has advanced from Splashy to Plymouth.
  • Parallel booting was made faster thanks to Debian Live’s live-boot and live-config.

New in version 5.6 (October 12th, 2009)

  • 5.6 is a bugfix release.
  • The change to webconverger-base fixes the home button when more than one URL is specified on the boot command line.

New in version 5.5 (September 14th, 2009)

  • This release allows pongs for sysadmins, allows multiple homepages to be set, and hides the cursor after inactivity.
  • It has a new PDF viewer, an experimental install, and more.

New in version 4.2 (January 20th, 2009)

  • This release disallows the removal of the Webconverger addon.
  • It disables about:config, though it posed a minor risk.
  • The browser has been updated to the 3.0.5 security release.

New in version 4.1 (December 16th, 2008)

  • Adobe Flash is working correctly again, and has been updated to

New in version 4.0 (December 7th, 2008)

  • This release has initial wireless support, with several wireless firmware/drivers included.

New in version 3.4 (September 4th, 2008)

  • A graphical installer that replaces the text installer.

New in version 3.3 Beta (August 29th, 2008)

  • Webconverger, while normally a live CD, now has an option in the GRUB boot menu to install to a hard drive.
  • This is a preview beta that quickly allows users to set up a Web terminal that deletes all private data between sessions.