Thursday, September 6, 2018

Shifting Gears and Doing Something That Matters

Over the past year or so I've been working towards maintaining this project I put so much time into. I fell in love with Linux when I was introduced to it 12 years ago and I still love it. It runs on everything in my house and I've practically set an embargo on anything else.

When I set out to build my own Linux distro I didn't intend to make it what it became: an alternative desktop OS. That turned out to be a very tough task and maintaining it was even harder. I gradually stripped it of a user interface and made it into an "experimental and educational" OS that could be used as a server.

Since the last public release of 3.1.1337 I made a number of changes that made the OS even faster and lighter than what I had demonstrated in Changes you will see in Cinux 2.4. I even set up my private VPS to serve up a few packages for my homebrew package manager, which I never released because I wouldn't be able to keep up with the bandwidth.

I made a lot of promises over the past few years, but I did not have the ability to work on any of them because I was a one man team. This ultimately lead me to lose faith in the project, even though at one point I had a handful of regular users. That may not sound like a lot, but for me that was amazing.

So, since 3.1.1337 I mainly developed Linux for my own experiments and needs. I used it as a fileserver, as an SSH access point, as an IDS and a hardened system in general. Mostly, thought, I used it for security related tasks. I knew that it was hopeless trying to build an OS that would be used by regular people; I had even lost the interest in working alone on things that people requested or emailed me about. So, I simply stopped doing that and did what I was interested in and what I thought mattered. Perhaps I will be forced to halt the entire project in the future, but for now it seems like a waste to do that.

Moving forward I am going to wind down the desktop plans and even the server plans and I'll focus on open sourcing everything I worked on for the past two years that I've been silent. The blog will remain accessible, but the home page will now redirect to the new page, Themisec, where new articles and tutorials will be posted.

The project is not dead, it's just taking a different form.

As a software and security engineer I found myself using Cinux mostly as a disposable (and/or live) system that I used to execute simple tasks such as vulnerability and port scanning over Tor, crawling and indexing, sandboxing suspicious software and a whole lot more. This will be the new focus and I intend to deliver a simple all-in-one OS with a minimal foot print.

Hereon, I will not make any commitments to keep software and packages up to date and will release upon will.

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