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Please check here from time to time for the latest ThinLinX News including TLXOS & TMS release information

Saturday December 11th 2021

ThinLinX has today released TLXOS RPi 4.10.1 (Current) & TLXOS 4.8.3 (LTS) with support for the NEW Raspberry Pi 400, RPi4, CM4, RP3, RP2 and the new RPi Zero 2 W.  We have also released TLXOS SFF which supports small Form Factor devices with Intel or AMD CPU’s, and TLXOS RePC for Re-Purposing older hardware and Laptops as Thin Clients

This release contains a number of new features including Parallels RAS (formerly 2X) mode, based on RASClient version 16.5.3, we have also added an out-of-tree Wireguard kernel module to allow the use of very popular Wireguard VPN in addition to our OpenVPN support.

Our Digital Signage solution has also had a number of enhancements and various bugs fixed

Please see the links below to review all the new features bug fixes etc

Click here for TLXOS 4.10.1 Release notes

Click here for TLXOS 4.8.3 Release notes

Click here for Tlxconfig and tms_client release notes

We expect that TLXOS 4.10.1 will probably be the last progressive TLXOS release in the 4.x series, although 4.x will continue for some time as Long Term Stable (LTS).

TLXOS 5.0.0 and TMS 9.0.0 will include the following improvements:

Guaranteed features:

Encryption of updates (TLXOS firmware, tms_client, hotfixes) will be removed, and the firmware format will be simplified to be a zip file containing binary firmware object(s) and metadata file(s) in a format that ThinLinX will publicly document, along with optional GPG signature(s).  This will allow customers to create their own hotfixes.  TMS will check GPG signatures against an approved keyring and report whether or not the update passes signature checks.

  • TLXOS 5.x releases will be based on Debian 11 (Bullseye), and will initially feature a 5.10 Linux kernel.
  • TLXOS will no longer have a separate Maintenance Mode partition (or Linux kernel).  Maintenance Mode be merged into the /boot filesystem, as an alternative initramfs that will use the same kernel as Normal Mode.
  • TLXOS installation will become more flexible with regard to filesystem sizes. Upgrades will be able to enlarge the base root filesystem (/actualroot) as needed, and if necessary will repartition to enlarge /boot also, although this will necessarily result in loss of midlayer (/config) data, i.e. reset to default settings.
  • Upgrade of boot[/TFM] and root filesystems will be completely separate, allowing upgrade to a newer Linux kernel (and Maintenance Mode image) while remaining at the same base firmware version.
    Likely features (not finalized, and subject to change):
  • Rewrite of TMS for internal client-server separation and multi-session capability, i.e. an “always on” background service/daemon component and one or more on-demand GUIs.  TMS was not designed for this, so it is a very extensive and ambitious rewrite.  TMS GUIs will be able to run on a different host than the service/daemon, and you will be able to run two or more concurrently.
  • TLXOS licenses will be consolidated into a one-license-fits-all solution, i.e. you will be able to run any edition of TLXOS using a common entitlement. New licenses will be at the higher SFF/RePC cost (USD $15 per device); we will not retroactively compensate SFF/RePC owners with additional entitlements.
  • TMS 9.0.0 will introduce the concept of a “filestore” database, whereby downloaded updates, and files installed by the user, will be permanently stored in a hash tree such that clients can request download of such objects by hash rather than by name.  This means that files installed using TMS’ “File->Install File” option (e.g. SSH keys and CA certs) will be part of a saved profile, and client devices will automatically download these if they are missing.
  • Introduction of basic policy, i.e. association of saved profiles with TMS device groups, such that TMS will require any known client to conform to the saved profile linked to the device group of which they are a member, when they check in with TMS.
  • Overhaul of Digital Signage to use out-of-band rsync content synchronization (pull-based) instead of clumsy in-protocol content synchronization (push-based).  This will be much more efficient, although clients will require direct access to the rsync service on the TMS server. The older scheme will still be available via a legacy option.
  • Improved VPN capabilities, including password-based OpenVPN and Wireguard.

Monday June 7th  2021

ThinLinX has today released our first Mobile LIVE version of TLXOS 4.10.0 RePC, this is available by clicking on the download Icon above. Once downloaded insert a blank USB stick and double click on the .exe file to unpack the image and write it to the USB stick. A few minutes later you can unplug the USB stick and insert into Laptops or PC’s to run TLXOS as a LIVE session that is NOT installed to the hardware but runs entirely from the USB stick. The LIVE USB version of TLXOS can NOT be used for installation, it can only run TLXOS not install TLXOS, rendering your Laptop or PC data safe from accidental erasure. Please read the updated TLXOS user guide for more information (which will be released later today)

Monday May 17th 2021

ThinLinX has today released TLXOS 4.10.0 (Current) & TLXOS 4.8.2 (LTS) with support for the NEW Raspberry Pi 400, Pi4, P3, P2, CM3, CM4, small Form Factor devices with Intel or AMD CPU’s, and RePC for Re-Purposing older hardware and Laptops as Thin Clients

This release contains a number of new features including Parallels RAS (formerly 2X) mode, based on RASClient version 16.5.3, we have also added an out-of-tree Wireguard kernel module to allow the use of very popular Wireguard VPN in addition to our OpenVPN support.

Our Digital Signage solution has also had a number of enhancements and various bugs fixed

Please see the links below to review all the new features bug fixes etc

Click here for TLXOS 4.10.0 Release notes

Click here for TLXOS 4.8.2 Release notes

Click here for TMS 8.3.0 release notes

Click here for Tlxconfig and tms_client release notes

Thursday February 04 2021

ThinLinX has today released TLXOS 4.9.3 (Current) & TLXOS 4.8.1 (LTS) with support for the NEW Raspberry Pi 400, Pi4, P3, P2, CM3, CM4, small Form Factor devices with Intel or AMD CPU’s, and RePC for Re-Purposing older hardware and Laptops as Thin Clients

We have also integrated Microsoft “Teams for Linux” as a local App, this provides an excellent Video Conferencing solution especially on the more powerful RPi 400 and of course all X86 versions of TLXOS

The installers are available as a download from the ThinLinX Website, or in the case of the Raspberry Pi series as a download from the ThinLinX Website, via any RPi NOOBS installer, or by using the new RPi-Imager available from the RPi Website

TLXOS 4.9.3 and 4.8.1 support Diskless booting of X86 devices and the RPi400, RPi4 and RPi3 and Provision Mode on the RPi 400 and RPi 4 where TLXOS can be installed via PXE boot with a blank SD Card fitted into the RPI 400 or RPi 4, see the ThinLinX Management Software (TMS) and TLXOS user guides for more information on howto setup Diskless and Provision modes
The RPi 400 and RPi 4 EEPROM has to be updated to enable PXE boot, ThinLinX will provide a zip file that is copied to a blank SD Card then booted on a RPi 400 or RPi 4 to activate PXE boot mode

Click here for the TLXOS 4.9.3 Release Notes

A updated version of the ThinLinX Management Software (TMS) has also been released

Click here for the TLXOS 4.8.1 Release notes

Friday December 04 2020

ThinLinX has today released TLXOS 4.9.2 with support for the NEW Raspberry Pi 400, Pi4, P3, CM3 & CM4
We have also integrated Microsoft “Teams for Linux” as a local App, this provides an excellent Video Conferencing solution especially on the more powerful RPi 400
The installer is available as a download from the ThinLinX Website, or by using the new RPi-Imager available from the RPi Website or via any RPi NOOBS installer

TLXOS 4.9.2 supports Diskless booting of the RPi400, RPi4 and RPi3 and Provision Mode on the RPi 400 and RPi 4 where TLXOS can be installed via PXE boot with a blank SD Card fitted into the RPI 400 or RPi 4, see the ThinLinX Management Software (TMS) and TLXOS user guides for more information on howto setup Diskless and Provision modes
The RPi 400 and RPi 4 EEPROM has to be updated to enable PXE boot, ThinLinX will provide a zip file that is copied to a blank SD Card then booted on a RPi 400 or RPi 4 to activate PXE boot mode

Click here for the TLXOS 4.9.2 Release Notes

A updated version of the ThinLinX Management Software (TMS) has also been released

Click here for the TMS 8.2.3 Release Notes

Monday October 26 2020

ThinLinX has today released TLXOS 4.9.1

Click here for the TLXOS 4.9.1 Release Notes

Tuesday June 16 2020

ThinLinX has just released TLXOS 4.8.0, TLXOS 4.9.0 and TMS 8.2.0

• TLXOS 4.8.0 will be the final release for NUC32 and RPi IoT, and that it is an older release than 4.7.1 in that it is based on Debian 8 (Jessie) rather than Debian 9 (Stretch), but newer with regard to TMS agent functionality and bug fixes.

• What’s the difference between 4.8.0 and 4.9.0? The short answer is that 4.8.0 has older versions of Horizon Client, Citrix Receiver and the Chromium web browser, and uses ext2 (no compression, faster) rather than reiser4 (with compression, slower) for its main filesystem. Otherwise they’re functionally very similar.

• Starting with the new TLXOS 4.8.0 and TLXOS 4.9.0 Licenses never expire, we have removed the previous requirement to buy a new License every three years (renewal was needed if you wanted to upgrade firmware after three years)

• If you are running an older version of TLXOS, to see the support expiry change to “Never”, you can just upgrade to the latest TLXOS 4.8.0, 4.9.0 or install the new TMS Client end 8.2.0, also ensure that you have upgraded TMS to the new TMS 8.2.0

Click here for the Latest Release Notes

Click here for the NEW TMS User Manual