Friday, November 09, 2012

Pentoo Beta3 Release...mostly

Today during my presentation at BesidesDE we are releasing the 64 bit version of Beta3.  I couldn't be happier with this release, but today is a little bittersweet for me. As one giant ball of awesome, the Pentoo Linux team really isn't accustomed to failure, but every single 32 bit build I've done has resulted in complete failure.

Issues have ranged from horrifying and unexplained build failures, to building perfectly but being completely unbootable, through booting at 1983 speeds and every command simply returning "segfault".

That said, for those of you that don't have computers from 2003 will LOVE the updates in beta3.  The installer has been reworked so that it, ahem, works.  Additionally a number of tweaks to improve updating and system customization have been made. We have shiny new wifi drivers, shiny new video card drivers, and all your favorite password crackers updated and ready to rock out.

I've already begun picking up the pieces of my shattered 32 bit build and I promise all you people who got suckered into buying eeepcs that I have not given up.  Pentoo Linux does work fine on 32 bit (we have a number of users doing it now) but there is something wrong with the building of the iso that I will have to work out.

We at Pentoo Linux are very proud of this work, we hope that you enjoy using it as much as we did making it.

"The world belongs to those
who stand out from the rows
of wayward and misguided silent souls
History is shamed
By people laying blame
To everyone who doesn't feel the same"

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Update on Beta3

As many of you know I promised a new beta, with both 32 and 64 bit versions, in time for Bsides Delaware.  For those of you not in the know, that conference starts on Friday this week.  Well, I have good news and bad news.  I've spent the last few months very busy trying to kick out some special things to improve beta2 enough to call it beta3.

The first thing I realized that to accomplish anything worth doing, I was going to have to compile on something a little faster than my i5 laptop.  So, I spoke to a few friends about options, and finally settled on a a set of specs that DigitalPsyko wrote up for me.

After roughing out the plans for the computer I had to take a quick break and shoot down to Louisville Kentucky for Derbycon 2012.  If you have never been, it truly is the best conference ever and worth every bit of your time...and not just because they are silly enough to let me talk about whatever I want to.

This year I spoke about how the hacker community needs to get off their asses and contribute instead of just leaching, you can watch here and share with your favorite people who are always working on cool stuff and not sharing:

After Derbycon finished, I got home and spent a few $$'s to build this:

The blue led fans came with the case and have been removed for better anti-gamer styling.

So once I had a cool little build box I started getting to work, only to find the incredibly crappy OCZ Revodrive PCI-e SSD failed. I've since replaced it twice and still have no working ssd for the box. Don't buy SSDs from OCZ, Newegg won't even refund my money because OCZ is such garbage they refuse to do anything at all now. Fortunately 64GB of RAM means I can put enough things in RAM that the old hdd I'm running off of for now.  A little embarassing to build a 32 core box and drop a random crappy spare 250GB hdd in it, but at least it got me building.

It's been a few weeks now with the new box, and let's just saying being able to build this many parallel processes means not only is it way faster to build, it's also way faster to fail... and boy how does it fail quickly.  So many parallel make bugs found, and bad dependencies, I've even managed to find a few filesystem bugs.

The good news is that this morning I tested a very functional amd64 build that I was going to call beta3, the bad news is that the corresponding x86 build couldn't even boot. In a day or two hopefully I'll resolve the issue with the 32 bit build and drop beta3 on all of you.  Until then enjoy my Derbycon 2.0 talk, and wish me luck.


PS> Please don't try to comment on the blog, I really don't read it much.  We have a bug tracker and IRC where I and the rest of the team are very responsive.