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Developer Webconverger Ltd
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Mainly Open source and closed source
Initial release 2007
Latest release 35.0 / May 19, 2016; 18 months ago (2016-05-19)[1]
Available in Multilingual
Package manager git
Platforms x86
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface Browser
License Build script: MIT License[2]
Linux kernel: GPL
Debian: Various free software
Adobe Flash player: Proprietary
Official website webconverger.com

Webconverger is a Linux-based operating system designed solely for accessing Web applications privately and securely. Based on the Debian distro, it is able to boot live from removable media like CD-ROM or USB flash drive but can also be installed to a local hard drive. Webconverger is pre-compiled to run on any x86 hardware. It does not have high system requirements and will also run on older machines.[3]

Webconverger is typically used in Web kiosk and digital signage deployments. It runs the Firefox web browser with a customised window manager dwm and a Firefox add-on also named Webconverger that locks the browser to a simple kiosk operation mode. The browser is locked down with most menus, toolbars, key commands and context menus disabled. Webconverger contains Adobe Flash support and PDF viewing by default. Both wired and wireless networks are supported via DHCP.

Webconverger does binary package updates through git hosted on GitHub.[4] This is unique to Webconverger as most other distributions use separate package management utilities. Although being developed in Singapore, it is mainly used commercially in Europe.[5]

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  1. ^ "Webconverger 35 Release". Webconverger. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Build script is MIT licensed." Retrieved from: https://github.com/Webconverger/Debian-Live-config/blob/master/LICENSE
  3. ^ Nathan Willis (2012) Webconverger 12, Linux Weekly News, Edition for April 12, 2012
  4. ^ http://webconverger.org/upgrade/
  5. ^ Shiwen Yap (2104) A backpacking trip around SEA sparked this business idea, e27.c0

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