Userful Desktop™ 8: ChangeLog

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(Updated 2016.03.16)


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Userful Desktop 8.6.4

  • Release Date: March 2, 2016
  • Added "Reserved" notification for active sessions on Welcome Screen (10788)
  • Added support for new fonts (12615)
  • Fixed issue where Firefox does not work in Admin mode (12634)
  • Updated packages for printer driver (13010)
  • Updated Firefox to version 38.6 (13015)
  • Updated LibreOffice to version 4.2.8 (13028)
  • Updated Chrome to version 48 (13029)
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements (12473)

Userful Desktop 8.6.3

  • Release Date: October 29, 2015
  • Added Automatic Firmware update process (9871)
  • Disabled pdf.js in Firefox and Chrome (10259)
  • Added support for Amharic (12365)
  • Updated LibreOffice version to 4.2 (12291)
  • Updated login message for RMC (12472)
  • Fixed issue where power on/off of network zero-client devices causes X session to crash (10712)
  • Fixed issue where Totem fails to play .wav format files (11887)
  • Fixed pop-up blocking configuration in Chrome and Firefox (12397)
  • Implemented full-screen feature for kiosk sessions (12438)
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements (12122)

Userful Desktop 8.6.2

  • Release Date: August 19, 2015
  • Updated nhci driver to version 0.9.17 (11427)
  • Upgraded Firefox to version 38 (11780)
  • Updated dependency packages for Crossover (11449)
  • Fixed issue with Usage Reports on single-station UD deployments (11437)
  • Fixed issue where stations freeze due to SMSC logging deadlock (11987)
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements (11793)

Userful Desktop 8.6.1

  • Release Date: May 30, 2015
  • Added support for Atrust m321 zero-client device (10851)
  • Updated nhci driver to version 0.9.16 (11167)
  • Resolved issue where X does not start on station due to incompatible nvidia driver (11197)
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements (11049)

Userful Desktop 8.6

  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2015
  • Based on CentOS 6.6 (10787)
  • Updated Firefox version to 31.3.0 (10742)
  • Added new field in Userful Manager for station numbering (10732)
  • Opened port 631 for CUPS Web Browser Interface (9640)
  • Fixed VESA fallback for Nvidia systems (11032)
  • Minor Bug fixes and Improvements (10672)

Userful Desktop 8.5.1

  • Release Date: Dec 17, 2014
  • Updated RMC help links (6218)
  • Fixed issue where "Staff" login cannot access Print Management tab in RMC (9777)
  • Updated French Translations (10765)
  • Added packages for scanner driver (10905)
  • Minor Bug fixes and Improvements (10868)

Userful Desktop 8.5

  • Release Date: November 18, 2014
  • New firmware updates for Centerm C75 zero-client device (10566)
  • Improved support for Radeon, Matrox, VESA fallback drivers (10457,10541,10573)
  • Added support for NTFS-3G (10579)
  • Added dependencies for Crossover 13.2 (10253)
  • Countdown time increased to 30 seconds for inactive sessions (9702)
  • Added ability to Enable/Disable Automatic zero-client Assignment (9930)
  • Fixed issue where print jobs stuck in queue after being released (10386)
  • Fixed issue where Restart Services switches system's static IP Address to DHCP (10409)
  • Improved Userful Remote Support (10660)
  • Fixed RMC issue of black screen on active station (10729)
  • Updated SMSC driver to version 2.0.96 (10735)
  • Updated Google Chrome to version 35
  • Performance and stability improvements
  • Minor Bug fixes (10352)

Userful Desktop 8.4

  • Release Date: June 10,2014
  • Added Web Login Screen for Control Center (9628)
  • Resolved issue where system ejects optical drive during installation (10035)
  • Fixed issue where system is bypassing first-boot configuration after fresh install(10034)
  • Resolved issue where system does not report correct number of stations to UM (7699)
  • Resolved issue where install DVD does not eject automatically after completed installation (6497)
  • Fixed issue with Hardware Diagnostic Tool not detecting hardware utilities (5503)
  • Updated EST driver to 0.9.7 version
  • Updated SMSC driver to 1.3.9 version
  • Minor bug fixes and performance improvements (9542)

Userful Desktop 8.3.1

  • Release Date : May 26,2014
  • Possible to login multiple times with same bar code
  • Included userful-remote package for new installs
  • Solved printer queuing and old jobs bugs
  • Upgrade from 8.2.x to 8.3

Userful Desktop 8.3

  • Released: March 11,2014
  • New Userful Control Center (UCC) interface released for Userful Desktop
  • Added System Diagnostics functionality in UCC
  • Added ability to Broadcast Silent Alerts and messages to all connected displays (8539)
  • Enabled Auto-Assignment for USB devices
  • New Welcome Screen added for improved system performance
  • Added Ctrl+Alt+Q shortcut for System Shutdown (9639)
  • Added support for Intel Haswell
  • Fixed RMC issues with station numbers that starts with 0 (8765)
  • Fixed issue where License screen pops up during installation (8817)
  • Added feature to launch Userful Control Center (UCC) automatically if launches administrator mode (9625)
  • Updated Userful Desktop (UD) help files (7637)
  • Corrected Admin Mode > System Information regarding display of incorrect Network details (5855)
  • Resolved issue where Gmail session persists across browser only session (8310)
  • Resolved problem installing GCompris (8363)
  • Resolved issue where session ends instantly due to station numbering mismatch(8839)
  • Resolved issue where PFK screen pops up for onBoard system when keyboard is already assigned (9612, 9576, 9506)
  • Updated Spanish translations for help pages (8146)
  • Updated SMSC driver
  • Updated EST driver to 0.9.3
  • Minor bug fixes and performance improvements (9049)
  • Large number of updated upstream system packages

Userful Desktop 8.2.3

  • Released October 24,2013
  • Resolved an issue with Stations resetting (8881)
  • Resolved an issue with X crashing (9038)
  • Fixed an issue with ctrl+alt+backspace not recovering (8158)
  • added packages with updated dependencies (8995)
  • Resolved an issue with License request screen appearing (8817)
  • Resolved an issue with corrupt licenses (8612)
  • updated default boot kernel (7980)
  • Fix for systems with multiple nvidia cards (9012)
  • Enabled network at boot up with ISO installations (8942)

Userful Desktop 8.2.2

  • CentOS 6.4 compatibility
  • Resolved issue where accepting EULA will result in a black screen(8356)
  • Increased default partition size from 40GB to 80GB (8362)
  • Updated Adobe Reader to 9.5.5 (8357)
  • Resolved issue where stations do not recover from Ctrl+Alt+Del (8158)
  • Updated Elite driver to 0.8.9
  • Updated SMSC driver
  • Increased public storage (8118)
  • Fixed issue where Suggestions icon open multiple pages (8144)
  • Resolved issue where system is partitioned automatically when Manual Partition option is selected (8393)
  • Resolved issue where new installs no longer install extra packages (8522)
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements (8128)

Userful Desktop 8.2.1

  • Resolved issue where youtube video launched from RMC terminates after few seconds (7944)
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

Userful Desktop 8.2

  • Included Adobe Package (Flash and Reader) in installation (7665)
  • Updated UMs with custom build kernel
  • Ethernet support
  • Consistent station numbering between reboots and resets (6669)
  • Resolved issue where end-of-day message cause black screens on network stations (7094)
  • Updated External Packages
  • Resolved issue where reset keyboard option doesn't work in RMC (7621)
  • Updated License Agreement (7393)
  • More stable UCC (7283)
  • Resolved issue where certain zero client stations have black screen after hotplugging (7250)
  • Increased boot time performance (6301)
  • Minor bug fixes

Userful Desktop 8.1

  • Cleaned up dependencies with older packages (4536)
  • Resolved and implemented feature to prompt user to extend session if computers are available (43)
  • Resolved an issue with barcode scanners not assigned properly (5737)
  • Upgraded core UMs component to version 5 from version 4.1 (5746)
  • Resolved issue to have external drives accessible from controller station #1 (6055)
  • Resolved issue with external audio source not switching automatically to audio hub from onboard (6256)
  • Added ability to write arbitrary file to arbitrary location on target file system (6328)
  • Resolved an issue with input devices in PS/2 ports not being recognized (7044)
  • Resolved issue where PFK screen does not come up after resetting T200 (7042)
  • Resolved issue with updating UMs leaves UMs disabled (6145)
  • Added ability to save/open files and retain those files after logout from a session (6148)
  • implemented function to allow user saved files to never be automatically deleted (6149)
  • Updated Elite driver (6159)
  • Updated SMSC driver (6243)
  • Updated libusb package (6498)
  • Resolved an issue where Userful Control Center will continually scan for stations when no stations are attached (6362)
  • Cleaned up dependencies with driver packages (6380)
  • Resolved issue where accepting EULA will result in a black screen with an "x" mouse pointer (6381)
  • Resolved issue where input device (keyboard/mouse) stops responding on host computer (6469)
  • Resolved issue with DisplayLink driver does not work with ffmpeg codecs (6514)
  • Resolved audio issues (6668)
  • Cleaned up python shared libraries in Userful Desktop (6697)
  • Resolved issue with stations occasionally not showing up in RMC (6823)
  • Included sound recorder application (6921)
  • Resolved issue with hotkeys not functioning (6053)
  • Implemented auto retrieval of licenses on startup (6511)
  • Resolved issue with PFK occasinally not functioning on T150's (6822)
  • Enabled upstream compatible repository (7049)
  • Included extra packages (7056)
  • Improved internal memory usage and implemented smarter file usage (7077)
  • Resolved issue with unsupported devices in database shows error messages in Userful Control Centre (7086)
  • Disabled USB auto-assignment (7112)
  • Resolved issue with automatic firmware update window persistently prompts user (7117)
  • Cleaned up environmental variables in internal system (7137)
  • Resolved issue with web filter and page size interactions (5621)
  • Resolved intermittent monitor black out issue (7177)
  • Resolved issue with monitors not coming back up after hotplugging station (7250)
  • Included QT packages (7251)
  • Resolved firefox issue with form data not being erased properly (7256)
  • Resolved issue with X session crashing and not recovering (7275)
  • Resolved issue with system freezing when power is disconnected abruptly on T200 stations (7291)
  • Resolved black screens due to Xauthority (7293)

Userful Desktop 8.0.4

  • Updated Spanish translations in RMC (6121)
  • Include updated SMSC driver version 1.0.6 (6243)
  • Added feature to lock stations via RMC (6263)
  • Updated Spanish translations (6291)
  • Added feature to upload a file to a desktop (6321)
  • Fixed issue with USB storage devices not being detected (6164)
  • Fixed an issue with print jobs not being released (6421) (6189)
  • Updated Adobe Reader to 9.5.1 (6366)
  • Fixed an issue with receipts not printing (6525)
  • Added feature to burn optical discs (5759)
  • Cleaned up maintenance logs (6021)
  • Cleaned up dependencies (6210)
  • Fixed an issue with web browser occasionally appearing with a gap at the bottom of the screen (6229)
  • Fixed an issue with stations no longer being accessible if the hostname of the host machine changes (6363)
  • Fixed an issue where audio CD's were not being detected (6402)
  • Cleaned up Userful Desktop update directories (6450)
  • Fixed an issue where upgrading may cause Userful Mulitseat to not start properly (6145)
  • Fixed an issue with print jobs occasionally not showing up in Remote Management Control's print manager (6501)
  • Updated Firefox browser to 12.0 (6540)

Userful Desktop 8.0.3

  • Fixed issue with software license agreement sometimes not not going to Welcome Screen (5959 + 6277)
  • Fixed issue with station number remaining at 0 (zero) after applying configuration (6045)
  • Fixed issue with not being able to login to RMC sometimes (6151)
  • Fixed issue with Canadian English actually being American English in a session (6162)
  • Included diagnostic software to facilitate customer support (6155)
  • Fixed issue with the "Administrate Public Storage" tool not being available in Admin Mode (6166)
  • Added extra dialog to logout after choosing to reboot or shutdown from Admin Mode (6203)
  • Cleaned up some scripts dealing with the integration of UD and UMs (6204)
  • Update version of Google Chrome to version 18 (6206)
  • Update version of Adobe Flash Plugin to version 11.2 (6207)
  • Remove the dependency on UMs for Authentication modules (6210)
  • Updated dbus to version 1.2.28 (increased stability, slight performance improvement) (6250)
  • Increased timeout for network connectivity at boot (required for some hardware and networks) (6273)
  • Fixed issue with logout warnings not appearing (6334)
  • Fix large print mode not working with Firefox (6327)

Userful Desktop 8.0.2

  • Fixed competing dialogs when entering admin mode from welcome screen (2512)
  • Added system tracking ability to software updates (4769)
  • The Shared storage software should now be installed by default and can now be enabled through Userful Manager, also includes many bug fixes (5559 + 5906)
  • Improvements to the reliability of hot-plugging USB MultiSeat devices (5616)
  • Fixed RMC disabling configuration (5671)
  • Added ability to disable Ctrl-Alt keyboard shortcuts (requires future release of Userful Manager to suuport this) (5706 + 5973)
  • Resolved issue with stations not working after an IP address and hostname change, adjust what hostname is set to (5862 + 5903)
  • Improvements to the issue of the setup session programs persisting between sessions (5928)
  • Fixed issue with Grub not allowing access to Single User mode (5943)
  • Improved reliability of determining Userful local peer systems (5947)
  • Improved reliability of switching runlevels (5952)
  • Improved reliability of system information displayed during bootup (5954)
  • Fixed issue where setup session would exit after 10 minutes of inactivity (5956)
  • Updated Firefox to version 10 (5998)
  • Improved reliability of Userful Support staff being able to connect to remote systems (6018)
  • Fixed issue with printing log data not being available (6051)
  • Improved printer configuration from Userful Manager - Now supports AllowUser, DenyUser, and Shared options (6059)
  • Fixed problem with kiosk sessions not returning to welcome screen when browser is closed (6092)

Userful Desktop 8.0.1

  • More complete support for translated applications (5728)
  • Support HP T200 (SMSC) devices via USB (5752)
  • Added fall back method, when UMs fails to start (5836)
  • Fixed issue with some administrative programs not being killed on logout (5851)
  • Version number now displayed consistently across all user interfaces (5861)
  • Added dependency for Amsn to install automatically, if not installed already (5868)
  • Fixed issue with time limit extension not working in some configurations (5911)
  • Improved troubleshooting for usb devices (5919)
  • New installs will be partitioned without a /boot partition and be limited to 40GB (5942)
  • Improved bootup procedure for initializing network (5955)

Userful Desktop 8.0

Released February 2012. Highlights include:

  • Based on new version of upstream Linux distribution
  • Includes: Firefox 7, LibreOffice 3.4, Google Chrome 16, Adobe Reader 9.4.6, Flash plugin 11
  • Userful MultiSeat 4.1 which includes support for USB Multiseat devices

For more information see Userful Desktop 8 ReadME.

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