Officially the point of this project was for the school to have something with which to replace ClusterKnoppix for their Besturingssystemen II class, but really I just wanted to have something nicer to make use of my ever-growing pile of old computers, which is why I finished it. The README explains. (HPC there stands for “high-performance computing” rather than “Hasty Pudding cipher”.)
What I need now is people to test it, ideally by building images and then trying them.
If you’d rather not put that kind of effort in, I’ve also pre-built an image (291 MB). It doesn’t come with X to save space, but it does come with (what else?) this Open MPI tripcode finder I wrote a while ago. It’s not particularly fast, but it reports its progress if you poke it with SIGUSR1 (as in
pkill -USR1 tripfind).
The unprivileged user is called
gjs, and the password for both him and root is
t. I’ve also included the MPI-patched JtR tarball in the home directory for you to build, if that’s less pointless.
Feedback appreciated, even if you don’t find any problems. If you find this project useful at all, or if you have any suggestions, I’d like to hear about it.