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10 years of gamelinux.org….

January 2011 gamelinux.org has its 10th birthday…

Did you know that gamelinux.org started out as the website for GamelinuX, a linux distribution for gaming?
I never got a working release that I wanted to present to the public, and after 2 years of working on the GamelinuX distro, the project came to an halt, as my Master degree and personal life took too much time from hacking on the distro. The GamelinuX project got official dead in September 2001 :/ And thinking of it now… do I have copies of the Alpha CDs somewhere??? I should have, but I dont know where… :/

My first security related post was in July 2003, when Free-X released an exploit for Xbox, that would let you install linux on it…

In March 2007, the blog entered its current form, leaving phpnuke/drupal (and clones) for wordpress.

Gamelinux.org has always been about Open Source and hacking (‘as in finding a way to make things work’). As I started to play with Linux in 1998, Linux has been my OS of choice since. My reasons for continuing to blog security related topics on this domain, was that “Game Linux” was for me also associated with “gaming linux”, meaning “hunting linux” – find ways to break it/exploit it.

I went online for the first time with my Linux machine in 1998, and went to IRC/EFnet and the channel #Oslo. I asked anyone if they where into hacking/cracking, and asked for pointers on where/how to best start reading and learning more about it. Not long after, some guy told me to look in my /root/ directory and there was a dir that had a dozen of exploits… I realized that I had been hacked, and decided then not to get back online before I knew more about how to protect my self. The sploit used, IIRC, was a buffer overflow in wu-ftpd that shipped with the Red Hat release then, and wu-ftpd was default enabled 🙂

I stayed offline for about 2 months with my Linux machine, using the university machines to read more about hardening linux, firewalling, IDS, HIDS and such… As long as I can remember, I have been interested in hacking/cracking and defending from it. So linux+security has been an active interest for ~13 years now, and with my first related job experience ~10 years ago working for a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP).

Thinking back the last 15 years, it has been some good years. I love what I’m doing and I have no plans on quitting!

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