Raspberry Digital Signage changelog

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Version 13.2

  • DPI settable. This is of course useful for HiDPI screens;
  • Chromium issue fix.
Version 13.1

  • Plugins-ready;
  • New Address Bar removed (because…) tabtiles fixed (and so used as an address bar, too);
  • a couple of other fixes;
  • operating system updated.
Version 13.0

  • PHP/Bash backend completely rewritten and vastly improved – please see docs;
  • security much much (much) enhanced;
  • the Raspberry Digital Signage stack is now a standard Debian package;
  • the default virtual keyboard has moved from the very basic one embedded in the window manager to a Chromium extension (Virtual keyboard – nomen omen..);
  • Chrome extensions added by default to the system (Scrollbar Customizer, tabtiles, URL Slideshow);
  • the New Address Bar Chrome extension is used for miming a web-kiosk-oriented system;
  • user interface refactored (very flat and white… like this website ;):

  • boot spash;
  • many fixes (amongst them: token/mac address);
  • underlying operating system updated to the most recent Raspbian Buster Lite. Chromium browser version is now v.78;
  • documentation finally created ;)
  • internal WordPress installation has been removed – will be packaged separately as a standard Debian .deb package.
Version 12.1

  • a Raspberry Pi 4 compatible build, rebuilt with a Raspbian Buster operating system as its foundation. Some bugs have been fixed as well.

Version 11.2

  • the underlying operating system has been updated to the latest Raspbian Stretch build, which assures the new Raspberry Pi 3b+ compatibility (raspberrypi-bootloader);
  • Chromium browser (the most important package for this browser-face operating system) has been updated to release 60 (armhf) and rpi-chromium-mods to version 20180409 (armhf);
  • a Systemd unit file now replaces the older SysV init-script for launching the digital signage stack (some code modified to comply with this new logic);
  • MAC address at URL’s end feature fixed;
  • Internal WordPress site viewability fixed.

Version 10.0

  • the underlying operating system has been moved to Raspbian Stretch; the overall performance is sensibly better and HTML5 videos play a lot smoother;
  • some improvements on code and bug fixes (the most important ones concern WiFi networks’ discovery and local WordPress virtual host, which remains disabled if unused).

Version 9.0

  • underlying operating system updated: raspberrypi-bootloader, apache, php, openssl and xorg packages have been updated, among many others;
  • Chromium browser is now at v.56, bundled with system’s new SSL certificates – needed after the infamous SHA1 collision event for browser’s correct behaviour with “https” sites;
  • Raspberry Pi Zero W compatibility;
  • digital signage page can be retrieved from the Internet, LAN or even from localhost (a www folder inside the Raspberry Pi’s SD card). To simplify the management of the internal site setup, RDS 9.0 comes with WordPress already installed (see FAQ for more);
  • a little more polished UI (official 7″ R-Pi touchscreen view is painless now);
  • more robust prevent-cache technique for Chromium when reloading-web-page hack is enabled (thanks to Marc Giavarra);
  • some minor improvements on code.

Version 8.0

  • finally, Adobe Flash Player is available for the Raspberry Pi Chromium browser! OK, it’s not the latest and greatest technology in the bunch, but many users ask for;
  • operating system updated for Raspberry Pi 2B v1.2 compatibility;
  • Ignore X-Frame headers Chromium extension installed, so now it is possible to display Google URLs within frames;
  • some bug fixes and improvements.

Version 7.2

  • Chrome 51 which features H264 and AVC video acceleration and gains ARM6 (Raspberry Pi 1 and Zero) compatibility!
  • F1 key added to blacklisted keys list in the kiosk view.

Version 7.1

Older Raspberry Digital Signage infrastructure has been ported to the new Raspbian Jessie and now it is compatible with the Raspberry Pi 3 boards. So the system has been built from scratch since v1.0.