Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Announcing the release of v0.3a (codename: Beach Cat)

For the moment, we’ve won the battle against normal workaday life and fixed the final bug preventing us from publishing the latest release of Byzantium Linux, which we codenamed Beach Cat after our time in New York City late last year.  v0.3a is now available via BitTorrent and direct download on our distribution page.  Please help us distribute this release announcement far and wide.  The official text is below:

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Project Byzantium was invited to the FEMA Think tank in February.

This update is extremely late – well over a month overdue – but that whole workaday thing’s really got us down right now.  We’re working on that, promise.

Every quarter FEMA holds a think tank in a different part of the country to discuss after-action reports and plan for what may come in the medium to long term.  For our work in New York City late last year we were invited to attend the meeting when it was held in the Executive Briefing Chamber of the White House on 6 February 2013.  Project Byzantium was also asked to set up a wireless mesh network in the room for attendees to use during the day-long event for communications.  Unfortunately only one person was able to attend but they were well equipped indeed.  Three laptops running the latest Release Candidate build of Byzantium Linux were deployed and a hacked Android phone was used as an uplink to the global Net for the duration of the meeting by attendees.  We lost track of the volume of traffic the mesh handled when it hit the eight gigabyte mark around 1300 hours EST5EDT that afternoon.  We didn’t go snooping around to see if there were any other wireless networks in the area due the White House being one of the most heavily restricted areas on the planet, but it is our optimistic belief that we built the first wireless mesh network at the White House in history that day.

FEMA has posted a video recording of the meeting to its website along with a transcript and a downloadable MP3 of the audio.  It’s over five hours long so you might want to listen to it in the background until something catches your attention.  We think that the #femathinktank hashtag will also be of interest.

Project Byzantium is an ISC grant recipient.

In late 2012, Project Byzantium applied for a technology grant from the Information Security Coalition.  We were informed earlier this week after the selection process was over that Project Byzantium has been given a $10,000us grant to continue research and development for the next six calendar months!  We will be putting the money toward additional equipment to test and debug Byzantium Linux on as well as hardware to experiment with integrating Byzantium Linux into various and sundry amateur radio-related data communications networks.  Our final milestone will be v0.4 of Byzantium Linux somewhen in August of 2013.

We know, v0.3 isn’t out yet.  Workaday life ambushed us, and we have one final bug left to fix before we can release it.  We’re hacking as fast as we can, we promise!