BitCurator 2.0.8 released

A new production release of BitCurator (2.0.8) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the VirtualBox VM and installation ISO directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.8.tar.gz
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.8.iso

BitCurator 2.0.8 is a maintenance release that updates Sleuthkit to 4.6.4, preloads VirtualBox 5.2.22 guest additions in the VM, and includes various package updates in the core OS.

Questions? Visit the BitCurator Users Group to speak with members of the community.

BitCurator 2.0.6 released

A new production release of BitCurator (2.0.6) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the VirtualBox VM and installation ISO directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.6.tar.gz
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.6.iso

BitCurator 2.0.6 fixes several long-standing issues related to environment stability when the environment is installed as a host operating system on single or multi-boot systems.

A couple of the most commonly reported issues with previous BitCurator releases (when installed as a host OS) have been (a) failure to recognize or mount the host OS drive after reboot with read-only enforcement enabled, and (b) the unintuitive/fragile process required to permanently write-enable specific drives installed in the machine other than the boot disk  – drives that are typically used for secondary or working storage.

These issues are addressed in the 2.0.6 release as follows:

  • Fixed a bug in rbfstab that in some cases caused the contents of the file system mount record (fstab) to be lost on reboot due to automatic cleaning of a temporary directory used by rbfstab, and resulting in a black screen (failure to boot to the desktop). In 2.0.6, read-only enforcement remains off by default, but may be enabled and left enabled between reboots after installation.
  • Updated the read-only enforcement tool (rbfstab) to target only USB devices. Secondary storage devices permanently mounted in the host system will no longer be affected, and multi-boot systems (e.g. BitCurator/Windows dual-boot) should now remain stable between reboots. Dialog text for the mount-policy appindicator on the desktop (the red/green disk icon) has been updated to reflect this change. Drive automounting remains disabled in all states, as with previous releases.

VirtualBox 5.2.16 guest additions are preloaded in the 2.0.6 VM.

Need to find an older 16.04LTS-based release? You can find available releases in the “Release Notes” section of the BitCurator release portal.

Questions? Visit the BitCurator Users Group to speak with members of the community.

BitCurator 2.0.0 released

A new production release of BitCurator (2.0.0) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the VirtualBox VM and installation ISO directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.0.tar.gz
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.0.iso

BitCurator 2.0.0 is the first official Ubuntu 18.04LTS-based release of BitCurator.

  • Desktop performance in the VM significantly improved
  • Various security and power management updates for modern hardware
  • Read-only mount protection for all non-boot devices is disabled by default to reduce commonly reported boot failure issues on installed systems. RO mount protection may still be enabled by selecting the mount status icon in the indicator menu (as in previous releases), but should not be left enabled between boots. Use with caution, or use a hardware write blocker!
  • Attached devices are no longer displayed in the dock (default behavior in Ubuntu 18.04LTS). Since automount remains disabled in BitCurator 2.0.0, you must open a file browser (click “Files” icon in the dock) to view attached devices.

VirtualBox 5.2.16 guest additions are preloaded in the 2.0.0 VM.

Need to find an older 16.04LTS-based release? You can find available releases in the “Release Notes” section of the BitCurator release portal.

Questions? Visit the BitCurator Users Group to speak with members of the community.

BitCurator 1.8.22 released (+ early preview of BitCurator 2.0.0)

A new production release of BitCurator (1.8.22) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the installation ISO and preconfigured VM directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-1.8.22.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-1.8.22.tar.gz

This is a maintenance release, and includes an updated Linux kernel, VirtualBox 5.2.8 guest additions, and other support software library updates.

Interested in testing out an upcoming release? Visit our revised download landing page at:

https://github.com/BitCurator/bitcurator-distro/wiki/Releases

and scroll down to “Release Notes” for links to an early beta release of BitCurator 2.0.0. BitCurator 2.0.0 will be the first release of BitCurator based on Ubuntu 18.04LTS. Stay tuned to the BitCurator Users Group for more information on this release in the coming weeks.

New white paper: “From Code to Community: Building and Sustaining BitCurator through Community Engagement”

The BitCurator team is pleased to announce the availability of From Code to Community: Building and Sustaining BitCurator through Community Engagement. This white paper summarizes the activities undertaken during the second phase of the BitCurator project, which ran from October 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014. It describes efforts taken to develop and support an open-source software project through the cultivation of the BitCurator user community.