Redcore Linux 1801 turned to be our best release to date, but once again is time to look into the future and to try to make the next release even better. Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities made us take a step back and think, so we decided to make some radical changes regarding security. Not to be misunderstood in here, we took security very serious untill now as well, we always took action against security threats (many times even before big distributions), now we want to make it even better.
We started work on hardening the whole distribution by rebasing Redcore Linux on Gentoo Hardened. It will take a lot of time and work but in the end we will have the following hardening techniques in place :
Aditionally, we will move the kernel to the hardened patchset for much improved ASLR. And while at it we will bump the toolchain to GCC7.3.0, Glibc2.27, Binutils2.30 in order to become fully protected against all Spectre/Meltdown variants.
Upgrading older installations will be possible. However the process will replace all installed packages and it will take, depending on internet speed and machine configuration, few hours.