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Tin Hat

Tin Hat is a Linux distribution derived from hardened Gentoo. It aims to provide a very secure, stable, and fast desktop environment that lives purely in RAM. Tin Hat boots from CD, or optionally USB pen drive, but it is not a LiveCD in that it does not mount any file system from the boot device. Rather, Tin Hat employs a massive squashfs image which expands into tmpfs upon booting. This makes for long boot times, but remarkable speeds during human-computer interaction.

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  •  01 Mar 2013 02:09

    Release Notes: The toolchain has been updated to Gentoo's hardened gcc-4.6.3, glibc-2.15-r3, and binutils-2.22-r1. The kernel has been updated to vanilla 3.7.5 plus GRSEC/PaX patches. In all, about 400 packages have been updated.

    •  16 Oct 2012 19:49

      Release Notes: The toolchain has been updated to Gentoo's hardened gcc-4.5.4, glibc-2.15-r2, and binutils-2.22-r1. The kernel has been updated to vanilla 3.2.30 plus GRSEC/PaX patches. About 240 packages have been updated.

      •  25 Jun 2012 17:52

        Release Notes: The toolchain was updated to Gentoo's hardened gcc-4.5.3-r2, glibc-2.14.1-r1, and binutils-2.22-r1. The kernel was updated to vanilla 3.2.20 plus GRSEC/PaX patches. About 260 packages were also updated, including Aurora (aka Firefox) 10.0.5.

        •  07 Nov 2011 10:46

          Release Notes: The toolchain was updated to Gentoo's hardened gcc-4.5.3-r1, glibc-2.12.2, and binutils-2.21.1-r1. The kernel was bumped to 3.0.4 plus GRSEC/PaX patches. About 265 packages were updated and 30 new ones added. Gnome was kept steady at 2.32.1, but Firefox was bumped to 7.0.1 (aka Aurora).

          •  13 Jun 2011 22:41

            Release Notes: This is a major release with upgrades to every aspect of the system. The toolchain was updated to Gentoo's hardened gcc-4.4.5, glibc-2.12.2, and binutils-2.20.1. The kernel was updated to vanilla 2.6.38 plus GRSEC/PaX patches. System init was update to openrc. In all, about 400 packages were upgrade, including GNOME 2.32.1 and Namoroka (aka Firefox) 3.6.17.

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