Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pentoo Status Update

Normally I try really hard to avoid posting anything personal on the official blog.  Most of the users simply don't care what I and the rest of the development team had for breakfast (I had Naked Double Berry juice), however, once in a blue moon something entertaining enough happens that it is worth sharing. Today is the birthday of the majority of the active developers. No, it's not Pentoo's birthday, that would be Jun 22nd, no, today is both my birthday and Anton's.  Lots of things draw open source groups together, common interests and goals, desire to learn and help others, and apparently shared birthdays.  Truely the birthday paradox ( has been working overtime on this one, with only 3 active developers the odds of colliding birthdays is a bit astronomical.

Okay, I've blabbed about useless things for long enough, I bet you are all wondering wtf we are doing over here (too much cake, not enough code).  Despite Anton and I celebrating getting one year older, we have actually done a lot of work.  Some bugs have popped up in opencl and cuda which we are currently working out, however, for the most part, things are humming along very smoothly.  I expect RC2 to come out in May with updated cuda/opencl support and we are pushing hard on new features for the installer as well.

Stay tuned everyone, we are always working, even today while celebrating with cake ;-)

Zero_Chaos and the Pentoo Linux Team

PS> For once I'm not disabling comments so feel free to leave some personal notes, just keep bugs on the bug tracker where they belong please:

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Codename: Backtrack 6; Pentoo 2013.0 RC1.1 Release

NOT.  I just couldn't help myself.  By now I'm sure all of you have heard, BackTrack has been renamed to Kali and they are keeping everything tightly underwraps until their release sometime, no one will say when.  A lot of fuss has been going on that the Kali release is going to be March 9th (today), but since the Offensive Security guys swear that isn't true, I figured I'd give you all a treat to pass the many weeks of waiting for a functional Kali release.

Behold, Pentoo 2013.0 RC1.1 !

Jam packed with 3.7.5 kernel (pax hardened for 64 bit users) and built with a fully hardened toolchain (did someone say wireshark exploit?).  Time may have been passing, but we here at Pentoo have been anything but idle (you can check the svn history).  As usual, we have the latest tools and toys for all the good little pen-testers.  I simply couldn't list them all if I tried, so I'm not going to try.  Everything has its usual amount of spit and polish on it, except the layers seem to be building up.  This release comes with a shiny new installer with 200% more works!  Automatic and manual modes for normal partitioning and booting now work properly, and the installer is very fast (you know, as fast as we can copy all that data to your hard drive).

I could probably keep running my mouth but I know what you all want, the download link.  This time we are going to use the official download site at .  You may notice a few exciting things related to this.  First and foremost, torrents are back.  I am now auto-generating a torrent file for every release and registering it with a tracker (kindly provided by Bitweasil of Cryptohaze fame) so you can all stop crying about downloading from the webserver I host on my 3g cell phone.  For those of you who cannot use a torrent, the normal download is still available, plus some brand new (and old) mirrors are being activated for use.  Syncing is going on as we speak (and our mirror over at Inerail is already seeding the torrent) and once mirrors are ready to go I'll add them to the download page and they will be available for future releases as well.

We have some really big plans for you all in the near future, so download Pentoo, hack all the things, report all the bugs, and together we are going to have an awesome 2013.  Thanks for your support, and have fun.

Just in case you actually read all that, here is the download link again as a reward for making it through.

UPDATE: The main webserver is occasionally  unable to handle the load but our friends at Switch and Inerail have their mirrors up and running hosting the isos and the torrent files, get it while it's hot!

Be sure to get the 2013.0 RC1.1 seems everyone else is.

Zero_Chaos and the Pentoo Linux Team