Byzantium Linux v0.5b is official!

A brief update before I go back to bed:

Byzantium Linux v0.5b is officially released. We've changed a significant number of things under the hood for the fourth ISC development milestone, such as completely revamping the build process by splitting the repository into a number of other modules, making the captive portal page more reliable, and updating packages to their latest stable version. All of us are kind of fried right now - that's why we called this release Sleep Deprivation - so we've made it available on the usual mirror sites as well as a brand-new BitTorrent tracker.

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Announcing Byzantium Linux v0.4b - "No sleep 'till Brooklyn!"

Project Byzantium can now take a breather for a day or two to recuperate, so I have some time to write a hopefully coherent post during my second cup of coffee.

Last week we wrapped up ISC development milestone number three: Addding amateur radio support to Byzantium Linux. This was probably our more difficult development effort to date, as it required that we use our relatively newly earned skills as ham radio operators to figure out a way to connect mesh networks over long distances - longer distances than 802.11 wireless can ordinarily cover. I'll not recap the entire report …

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ISC milestone achieved - Mac port unlocked!

Now I can come up for air for a couple of days...

As mentioned over at the Project Byzantium blog, we released v0.3.2a of Byzantium Linux last night. This release is noteworthy because we figured out how to successfully port it to the Mac, which involved a certain amount of kernel hackery.

We also released two .iso images, one a regular .iso image that you can burn to disk and boot from, and another that you can write to a flash drive and boot from as well as burn to a disk. We recommend that Mac users try …

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Announcing the release of v0.3a - Beach Cat!

ANNOUNCING BYZANTIUM LINUX V0.3a (Beach Cat)
Approved for: GENERAL RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION UNLIMITED

NOTE: This is Byzantium Linux for x86-compatible laptops and desktops. This release is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi. We just started work on that port.

Project Byzantium, a working group of HacDC is proud to announce the release of v0.3 alpha of Byzantium Linux, a live distribution of Linux which makes it fast and easy to construct an ad-hoc wireless mesh network which can augment or replace the current telecommunications infrastructure in the event that it is knocked offline (for example, due to a natural …

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Project Byzantium awarded InformSec development grant!

Hit and run, because I'm at work:

The reason I haven't been posting much here is because I've been gearing up for this: Project Byzantium was awarded a grant by InformSec to advance the development of Byzantium Linux. The grant is for $10,000us across a six month period of time, during which we will accomplish the following milestones:

  • Port Byzantium Linux to the RaspberryPi.
  • Port Byzantium Linux to the Intel Macbook.
  • Develop a method for interfacing Byzantium Linux with existing amateur radio mesh networking projects.
  • Release v0.4.
Parties interested in joining the development effort are encouraged to join …

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Project Byzantium is an Access Innovation Prize finalist.

I don't have a lot of time, so I'll be brief:

A few months ago Project Byzantium sent an application for the Access Innovation Prize, an initiative that will award five $20kus grants to projects operating in five problem spaces (Blackout Resilience, Making Crypto Easy, The Bounty, The Golden Jellybean, and the Access Facebook Award).

We were recently notified that we are finalists in the Blackout Resilience category and will be attending the awards ceremony on 10 December 2012.

Project Byzantium called to assist relief efforts in New York.

As a result of the damage done to New York City by Hurricane Sandy the week before last, Project Byzantium was contacted by representatives of several NGOs and non-profit organizations we've been in contact with as a result of our work on community wireless mesh networks. We were asked if Byzantium Linux might be useful in assisting relief efforts in New York City by restoring communications on the local level. As this is one of our primary use cases, we responded in the affirmative, and were told that we might be asked to go to New York City to help …

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International Summit For Community Wireless Networks 2012.

A little over two weeks ago Sitwon, Haxwithaxe and I made the trek to Barcelona, Spain for the International Summit For Community Wireless Networks, partially because we thought that we might get some useful things out of it for Project Byzantium, but also because Project Byzantium had been invited to attend and present some of our work and ideas for the community at large at the conference. So, arrangements were made in due course, and our journey took us from Baltimore to Philadelphia for a layover, and then an eight hour transatlantic flight carried us to Spain. Sitwon was traveling …

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Sailing To Byzantium v0.2a.

Last weekend the Project Byzantium development team assembled once again at HacDC, this time to close out tickets because we're getting ready for the second alpha release of Byzantium Linux as well as the launch of the official website. I think we're making pretty good progress - about half of the tickets in the bug tracker are closed (i.e., have been fixed) and we're lining up the next set of features. Some weeks back a group of hackers associated with the Zero State took over a pub in the UK and put Byzantium Linux through its most difficult test yet …

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ANNOUNCING BYZANTIUM LINUX V0.1a (Scarab)

Approved for: GENERAL RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION UNLIMITED

UPDATE: Due to a critical bug in Byzantium Linux v0.1a, a file containing the mesh routing and application software was omitted from the .iso image. The code which makes Byzantium, well, Byzantium isn't there. To fix this, please re-download the .iso image from one of the mirrors linked below and try again. We humbly apologize for our screwup. QA processes are being put in place to ensure that this never happens again.

We're sorry.



Project Byzantium, a working group of HacDC (http://hacdc.org/) is proud to announce the release of v0.1 …

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