Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Surprise! A working iso just in time for nothing at all!

Hi all.  As you are likely aware, the team rushes out isos for every major conference (or dies trying), and often that leaves things in a somewhat imperfect state.  It's almost become a joke in recent years about if the installer will work, or binary drivers, or whatever else.

Well this time, we wanted to do something really special.  We have still been working on isos and publicly posting them, but we skipped that cute little step where we announced things without testing thoroughly.  The DEF CON 23 release was RC 3.8, and today we are announcing RC 4.6.  That is 7 (publicly uploaded) builds (and a few more that were never uploaded and tested only by me) that got tested, and we found bugs worth fixing.  What you can download today, is hopefully the most impressive iso to date.  I won't harp on how it's awesome, or why it's awesome, other than to say we tested things, made some usability improvements, and things just plain work.  Isn't that what you have always wanted out of your livecd?

I'll keep this announcement brief, but baring a major bug this will be your iso for a little while.  There are plans brewing for a fairly major improvement in the next release that is totally hush hush (unless you hang out in irc where I talk about it all the time).  I will give a hint, it is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and now I finally get to.

Enjoy the iso, and as always, please report bugs:

Zero_Chaos on behalf of the Pentoo Linux Team

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Is it DEF CON 23 already?

Welcome, and congratulations on your interest in Pentoo Linux!  DEF CON 23 starts thursday, and the Wireless Village and Wireless Capture the Flag starts on friday.  I would have more to say, but honestly there is a lot to do still to prepare.  To keep it brief, we have all the usual updates, and this release should be pretty excellent for the WCTF competition.

See you all at DEF CON!

-Zero_Chaos on behalf of the Pentoo Linux team

Monday, January 05, 2015

Xmas, New Year, Pentoo Release, Shmoocon 11

Well, it's that fabulous time of year again.  The time where we all have a few days in a row off work so we can concentrate on the things we really care about, like spending time with family.  But after about an hour we all get pretty tired of that and get to work on Pentoo :-)

This year, the holiday has been pretty good to us over here at Pentoo and we have a late New Years gift to all our fans, Pentoo 2015 RC3.7.  You can get it at the usual place:

This RC is the followup to the fixes and improvements in RC3.6 from BsidesDE, plus some other exciting stuff.  First of all, the boot menu has a new "verify" option which will confirm that the iso files have not been corrupted by unetbootin or a bad thumb drive.  I know checking md5sums yourself is annoying, plus it's impossible to verify after you install to a thumb drive, so now you can do it quickly on boot, automatically!  The side effect to this is that we find that things like unetbootin sometimes make unexpected changes, and you may need to use the second (no verify) boot option to actually run Pentoo.  Please report issues to the issue tracker so we can find out what is changing files, and why, I'd really like to find out why sometimes unetbootin works flawlessly, and sometimes it doesn't.

Additionally, the initramfs has been enhanced with the ability to use unetbootin's "Space used to preserve files across reboots" feature which is labeled "ubuntu only".  Well, I guess that should say "Ubuntu and Pentoo" only.  Not like changes saving is a new feature, but now you can use the changes saving from unetbootin as well.

Last update to the boot code was an update to syslinux 5 from syslinux 4.  It seems most linux distros have updated to syslinux 5 now, so this keeps unetbootin working on those distros (because unetbootin reinstalls its version of the bootloader).  Unfortunately, this means if you have a unetbootin version which still uses syslinux4 (windows seems to have this issue) you can't make a Pentoo usb stick with unetbootin.  Fortunately, you can actually boot Pentoo in a vm and make a usb stick with unetbootin from there, proof that Pentoo is the solution to all of your problems ;-)

In addition to all the boot loader changes and the standard updates, we have switched metasploit live to using ruby 2.1.  This change was not only important because ruby 1.9 support is ending soon, but because it was a near 600% increase in speed.  Remember waiting 30+ seconds for msfconsole to load?  Well, those days are gone.

We hope you enjoy using Pentoo as much as we do.  Happy Holidays, and good luck in the Wireless CTF at Shmoocon!

-Zero_Chaos on behalf of the Pentoo Team and their supportive families who let them hack for the holidays

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