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Linux Top 3: Porteus Kiosk 4.1, 4MLinux 19 and TrueOS

  • September 6, 2016
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0

Porteus Kiosk is as the name implies a Linux distribution that is designed for web kiosk use-cases. With the new Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0 update the project now has two new versions for different deployment use-cases. There is the cloud variant, that provides access for web based applications. The other new version is the thin client edition.


"Our goal is to deliver an operating system which works as a client for your existing shared/virtualized desktop infrastructure. Thin client model improves the security, simplifies the maintenance and allows to reduce hardware costs and energy consumption as all desktop applications are hosted on the server side."


2) 4MLinux 19.0

4MLinux is now out with version 19.0 providing an update of applications available in this multi-faceted Linux distribution. 4MLinux is a multipurpose Linux distro with the four M's in its name stand for maintenance, miniserver, multimedia and mystery.


Fuse (ZX Spectrum emulator) is now available out of the box, while Double Commander is offered as a downloadable extension.  4MLinux 19.0 includes the improved support for the MP2 format (via TwoLAME and SoX). Additionally, users have now more options to control the X.Org Server.



3) PC-BSD Rolls Into TrueOS

A big change for PC-BSD this week as the desktop version of FreeBSD is now being renamed to TrueOS.  If that wasn't enough, TrueOS will be a rolling release, based on bits from the upstream FreeBSD project.


TrueOS combines the convenience of a rolling release distribution with the failsafe technology of boot environments, resulting in a system that is both current and reliable. TrueOS now tracks FreeBSD’s “Current” branch and merges features from select FreeBSD developer branches to enhance support for newer hardware and technologies. Weekly automatic updates keep your system always up-to-date, and all updates are performed safely within system snapshots called boot environments.


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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