Monday, November 7, 2016

Please Vote for Gigastrand OS on Distrowatch

Nearly 2 years and 3 versions ago, Gigastrand OS was submitted to Distrowatch. We are listed on the site but, like some other distros, we are sort of stuck in limbo on the Distrowatch site. There is a list where you can recommend / vote for a distro to move it along in the process.


For those who do not know what Distrowatch is, it is a website that lists and tracks all of the different Linux distributions. It has been around for a long time and is the go to place for Linux enthusiasts.


We would like to see how many votes we can get from our users on the site. The first thing you have to do is go to the Distrowatch website (link below).


https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=submit


Next find Gigastrand OS. An easy way to do this is to do a CtrL + f to open the find dialog. This will allow you to search the page and works in Chrome and most browsers.


Then, click the Recommend button next to Gigastrand OS. This will submit your vote for Gigastrand OS.


In the meantime, we are giving away the download version of Gigastrand OS for FREE until the end of the year as a thank you for supporting us through version 3.4. I personally feel that v3.4 is the best version of Gigastrand OS we have ever come out with.


Let’s see how many votes Gigastrand OS can get on Distrowatch!



Please Vote for Gigastrand OS on Distrowatch

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gigastrand re-releases OS 3.4 for a very good reason.

Gigastrand re-released Gigastrand OS 3.4 today for one very good reason: security.


The original image for Gigastrand 3.4 released about a week ago with a few minor enhancements and some security updates. Today’s release switches from OpenOffice to LibreOffice and adds a password reset tool that deletes itself from the desktop once it is used.


We decided it was time to switch to LibreOffice because it is better supported and more secure than OpenOffice. About the only thing OpenOffice had going for it was brand recognition.


The security tool is something we developed so users have a quick and easy way to set the root and user passwords after install. Once it is used once, the shortcut is removed from the desktop so it is not accidentally used again. The tool itself resides in the /etc/ folder.


A similar tool will be added to Gigastrand’s NVR software in the 1.5 release. Currently, you can reset the NVR password by going to Func and clicking on F12.


The aim in developing these tools is to prompt and assist end-users to secure their systems properly. Running default passwords on any device connected to the internet is never a good idea.


Included with this release is the Gigastrand NVR software – updated to 1.4. Some slight performance improvements have been included as well as a few new minor features.


 



Gigastrand re-releases OS 3.4 for a very good reason.

Gigastrand re-releases OS 3.4 for a very good reason.

Gigastrand re-released Gigastrand OS 3.4 today for one very good reason: security.


The original image for Gigastrand 3.4 released about a week ago with a few minor enhancements and some security updates. Today’s release switches from OpenOffice to LibreOffice and adds a password reset tool that deletes itself from the desktop once it is used.


We decided it was time to switch to LibreOffice because it is better supported and more secure than OpenOffice. About the only thing OpenOffice had going for it was brand recognition.


The security tool is something we developed so users have a quick and easy way to set the root and user passwords after install. Once it is used once, the shortcut is removed from the desktop so it is not accidentally used again. The tool itself resides in the /etc/ folder.


A similar tool will be added to Gigastrand’s NVR software in the 1.5 release. Currently, you can reset the NVR password by going to Func and clicking on F12.


The aim in developing these tools is to prompt and assist end-users to secure their systems properly. Running default passwords on any device connected to the internet is never a good idea.


Included with this release is the Gigastrand NVR software – updated to 1.4. Some slight performance improvements have been included as well as a few new minor features.


 



Gigastrand re-releases OS 3.4 for a very good reason.