I was teaching at my college the other night when I had an epiphany. I needed to reset the local password on one of my student’s lab workstations in order to fix a problem. It was at that instant I realized that I didn’t have any of my password reset disks, or hacker live CD’s. All I had was my trusty 1GB thumb drive with Bauer-Puntu 9.10 installed. Then I thought to myself, “Self, why don’t you install a Windows password recovery tool on Bauer-Puntu?”
Good idea right? I thought, that I would definitely do that for the next distro of Bauer-Puntu. So what’s the big deal? Well, Bauer-Puntu 10.04 will not be available until after April. I wanted something a little sooner than that! That is when I decided I would just re-lease another version of Bauer-Puntu 9.10, and call it R2! Why not right? It works for Microshaft!
I didn’t stop there though. I thought, that if I was going to go through the pain of re-vamping Bauer-Puntu, why not add some other tools that an I.T. guy on the go could use. So I did! Along with the original features of Bauer-Puntu 9.10 which are:
- New chat client – Empathy
- Upstart for faster boot
- New Software Center
- Gnome 2.28
- Ubuntu One
- Ext4 by default
- Grub 2 by default
- And a few others. See the release notes for more info
- Flock as the default web browser
- Adobe Air and Twhirl
- Penguin TV
- Removed the Shit Brown!
I also installed the following tools:
- chntpw – Windows Password Recovery Tool
- Partimage – Disk Cloning Tool
- TestDisk – File Recovery Package
- ClamAV – Antivirus for offline virus scanning (Goodbye Rogue Antivirus 2010!)
- Open VM Tools – Incase you want to test this in VMWare, the tools are already installed!
Other than that, it looks the same. Here are the old screenshots:
Flock w/ RSS Reader
Here are a couple of new ones:
Scanning a Windows Drive for Viruses
You can download the Live DVD iso image here: (Bauer-Puntu ISO)
You can download the Live USB image here: (Bauer-Puntu USB)
For the writing the USB image on Windows, I recommend using the Roadkil's Disk Image utility available here: (Roadkil's Disk Image Portable)
For writing the USB image in Ubuntu I recommend using the USB-ImageWriter program. See here for instructions: (IMG to USB)
Once again, if you are a netbook user just run the following from the terminal to install the Netbook Remix version:
>sudo apt-get install ubuntu-netbook-remix
So now you can carry around your trusty USB stick with Bauer-Puntu 9.10R2 on it the next time you have a nasty malware infection, or if some joker changed the local administrator password on a company Windows box, or if you want to make a quick “Ghost” image of your drive. Maybe you just need to recover your mother-in-law’s pictures; who cares? You’re covered!
I mentioned before that 10.04 is coming up. What kind of tools do you want to see in the next version of Bauer-Puntu? More desktop tech utilities? More social media apps? Let us know in the comments!