Like Windows XP before it, Windows 7 is reaching "End of Life" on October 31, 2014. This event presents all sorts of logistical nightmares for IT administrators around the world.
In comparison Webconverger does NOT have an End of Life!
Webconverger deployments will just carry on working into the future, providing a standard Web interface, with an uptodate, security supported OS+browser behind it.
Learn more about our philosophy and long term vision with our blog Avoiding the Microsoft upgrade treadmill.
Please get in touch with Webconverger sales and we will help you migrate away from Windows to a stable and long term supported Web platform.
Since moving to Singapore about two years ago, I've fallen in love with Changi Airport. It's the best Airport in the world.
It wouldn't surprise me that these kiosks running old software had complaints like:
- Some Web sites simply wouldn't work
- Or work with much reduced functionality
- Wastes people's time without having good form validation controls resulting in form submission errors
- Have a range of security issues since it's so out of date
If Changi airport would upgrade their ~550 Internet stations software to run Webconverger:
- Changi Airport would instantly go from 42 to 455 points with the http://html5test.com/ for far better Web experience and happier users
- Users of the kiosks would have better Web experiences with privacy and safety improvements - better security for passengers
- Kiosks running Webconverger would auto update to track the latest Firefox developments, ensuring it doesn't just stay at 455 points - always getting better
Webconverger is used by various US, New Zealand and UK government institutions and several banks. There are at least six thousand machines running Webconverger software all around the world, software made right here in Singapore.
Highlights of this 26.0 signed & tagged snapshot:
- 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
Please ask your Web developers to switch to HTML video. If you host your video
on Youtube, you can make embeds use HTML5 with a
The sha256sum is
f4374d183bbc4b897f423d482690ebf128f3f9b65484aee81e7aef180c8afe1e webc-26.0.iso, quickly download from our CDN http://dl.webconverger.com/latest.iso.
Known issue and future work
There is a known issue where setting up external screens on new Intel hardware might not be possible with the currently installed stable Intel driver. We have the solution which we commercially support, an upgraded driver though we didn't roll this into this release since it causes choppy Flash playback.
We are already working towards to smoothly upgrade to the next Debian release, "jessie", which will have more current video drivers et al.
Device management trials are now free of cost
Our commercial service now is now free to trial. No Paypal required. This screencast demonstrates the new signup flow. We hope you will find our configuration management and support service worthy of supporting via payment.
Thanks to the support of our customers; banks, cafes, governments, NGOs, schools, universites, stores, small and large we look forward to supplying you a stable, current and open Web client platform for running your Web application upon long into the future. Please help spread the word!
Highlights of this 25.0 signed & tagged release, making Webconverger an even better Web kiosk:
- 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
Here is the detailed changelog.
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For install users, sit back and enjoy summer! Your install should
automatically upgrade. You can always double check with
Today we launch a new filtering service filter.webconverger.com. It's an ongoing service to block any combination of ads, blasphemy, dating, file, gambling, gaming, image, malicious, pharma, piracy, porn, proxies, social media & video categories of sites. We keep the lists upto date for you, so you don't have to worry.
filter.webconverger.com competes with the OpenDNS "domain blocking" service, though at a cheaper price, typically sold as an annual subscription.
Please contact sales to get on a trial!
It has been 3 months since the Webconverger 23 release which has been a fine stable release. Now it's time to upgrade for Live users for security reasons and a couple of new features mainly driven by Firefox.
- 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 filter.webconverger.com service for fine grained blacklisting (think OpenDNS, but cheaper)
For install users of 23.0, the upgrade delta is about 178M, when
automatically upgrading. Github does throttle your connection or if
you are on a poor internet connection, upgrading can be quite a long winded
process. Do please check what version you are running by looking at
using the WEBCVERSION homepage expansion. Paid subscribers can quickly check
the version of their machines by clicking the information icon on the control
panel. If in any
doubt, please do download the latest release
and re-image your machines!
Notice a bug? Please email us or report the bug on Github.
Please support our work by purchasing a subscription. We are tentatively offering free trials of our central management tool, so you can see for yourself how easy it is to manage a fleet of machines accessing the Web. Thank you!
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Different manufacturers offering the NUC
This should mean lower prices, with different OEMs putting together their own competitive NUC solutions. Anandtech reviews the NUC Gigabyte offerings.
They all should be plug and play with Webconverger.
The cheapest NUC?
We've heard excellent reports of the Intel DN2820FYKH from customers. They are well made and use the cheaper Celeron based processor. These are going for less than 200USD!
Also do compare the Recommended Customer Price at the Intel ARK.
The PARCC initiative was brought to my attention by Matthew Newton at Montclair High School, a K12 school in NJ, USA.
PCs running Webconverger versus Chromebooks
The school contact raised concerns about using Chromebooks in student assessments.
The cost of acquiring physical Chromebooks and their management console to lock them down for American schools is significant.
What if you could turn an existing PC temporarily into a locked down Web kiosk for online examinations for just 10USD?
Webconverger could be just the solution schools need to roll out their PARCC testing in a timely and cost effective manner!
Pursuing a PARCC certified solution
The Web application carrying out the PARCC examinations is called TestNav and it's implemented by Pearson.
When first investigating TestNav, I was disappointed to see requirements for Java and samples that used Flash. It didn't make sense, since later guidelines indicated that Chromebooks could run the application, and Chromebooks do not have Java support.
I tested the new TestNav 8 http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples in the latest Webconverger and they work just fine! Pearson's Qualification Standards for TestNav 8 are not yet publicly posted.
After surviving the boxing day Earthquake and Tsunami myself, I'm acutely aware of how important information is during a disaster. Since the Web is the information platform and Webconverger is the quickest and safest way to get onto the Web platform, I really love to see Webconverger used in these sorts of situations to everyone's benefit.
Hence I was very proud to receive this testimonial from a Church in New York:
We have been using Webconverger to offer free internet access to parishioners and visitors to our church for quite a few years, but it really came into it's own when Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012! Our stone church building was one of the only ones in the area to retain power and internet access, so it was truly a Godsend to be able to offer hot soup and the chance to securely check email and the news to those who weren't so lucky. We rolled out extra kiosks using donated cpus and monitors in no time at all, and they each had queues to use them almost around the clock. Afterwards we went back down to our usual, single, permanent kiosk, but we keep a few old, donated computers in a cupboard (each with a Webconverger disc) ready for the next time!
We also sponsor Crossroads:
Thank you for supplying so many Webconverger configurations to us. Webconverger has been a technology that has brought a huge difference to us and we really appreciate access to it.
To save time vetting non-profits and charities we partnered with tt-exchange to distribute Webconverger.
As a general rule, we are more than happy to provide a management console in disaster situations. For charities we discount or provide upto two configured machines free of cost.