Rescatux 0.40 beta 11 released

Rescatux 0.40 beta 11 has been released.

Rescatux 0.40 beta 11 - Performing Filesystem check
Rescatux 0.40 beta 11 – Filesystem check shows its progress

Downloads:

Rescatux 0.40b11 size is about 671 Megabytes.

Some thoughts:

This release comes with one of the most exciting improvements in many years: Most of the options show its subtasks progress while working. That means that the final user will not doubt about Rescatux being frozen or not while he sees an apparently frozen screen.

I have been working on making all the source code available but as I have mentioned on the Debian Live mailing list it is not easy.

Another big improvement towards usability is renaming the older ‘Not detected’ partitions to: ‘Windows / Data / Other’ so that people don’t get confused. Many people think their windows is not being detected while there is a windows there.

I guess the partition selection entries could be improved in the future so that they show the actual Windows name (Thanks to os-prober algorithms) and also the filesystem type.

Many other smalls bug fixes have been done. You can check the git log for more details.

I have decided not to release stable release till I add one or two UEFI related options. The one about ordering UEFI boot entries would be there for sure. The current roadmap had been planned for 2012 so it needs some update. It’s true that current Rescatux supports booting from an UEFI system and that if you had already installed grub-efi it reinstalls it in its UEFI partition. But it’s also true that one or two more UEFI options are needed so that magazines stop advising to use Boot Repair inside Rescatux.

More things I want to do before the stable release are:

  • Make clear that ‘Extra tools’ are not supported renaming them to ‘Extra tools (Non supported)’
  • Internal documentation updated
  • A new Rescatux website (Optional)
  • A new Rescatux tutorial video or videos (Optional)
  • Add more AFD functionality

Let’s hope it happens sooner than later.

UEFI feedback is still welcome. Specially if the Debian installation disks work for you but not the Rescatux ones.

 

Roadmap for Rescatux 0.40 stable release:

You can check the complete changelog with link to each one of the issues at: Rescatux 0.32-freeze roadmap which I’ll be reusing for Rescatux 0.40 stable release.

  • (Fixed in 0.40b5) [#2192] UEFI boot support
  • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#1323] GPT support
  • (Fixed in 0.40b11) [#1364] Review Copyright notice
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2188] install-mbr : Windows 7 seems not to be fixed with it
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2190] debian-live. Include cpu detection and loopback cfg patches
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b8) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2193] bootinfoscript: Use it as a package
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2199] Btrfs support
  • (Closed in 0.40b1) [#2205] Handle different default sh script
  • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#2216] Verify separated /usr support
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2217] chown root root on sudoers
  • [#2220] Make sure all the source code is available
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2221] Detect SAM file algorithm fails with directories which have spaces on them
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2227] Use chntpw 1.0-1 from Jessie
  • (Fixed in 0.40b1) [#2231] SElinux support on chroot options
  • (Checked in 0.40b11) [#2233] Disable USB automount
  • (Fixed in 0.40b9) [#2236] chntpw based options need to be rewritten for reusing code
  • [#2239]http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wizard-step-put-rescatux-into-a-media/ suppose that the image is based on Super Grub2 Disk version and not Isolinux.The step about extracting iso inside an iso would not be longer needed. Update doc: Put Rescatux into a media for Isolinux based cd
  • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2259] Update bootinfoscript to the latest GIT version
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2264] chntpw – Save prior registry files
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2234] New option: Easy Grub fix
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2235] New option: Easy Windows Admin

Improved bugs (0.40b11):

  • (Improved in 0.40b11) Many source code build improvements
  • (Improved in 0.40b11) Now most options show their progress while running
  • (Improved in 0.40b11) Added a reference to the source code’s README file in the ‘About Rescapp’ option
  • (Improved in 0.40b11) Not detected’ string was renamed to ‘Windows / Data / Other’ because that’s what it usually happens with Windows OSes

Fixed bugs (0.40b11):

  • (Fixed in 0.40b11) [#1364] Review Copyright notice
  • (Checked in 0.40b11) [#2233] Disable USB automount
  • (Fixed in 0.40b11) Wineasy had its messages fixed (Promote and Unlock were swapped)
  • (Fixed in 0.40b11) Share log function now drops usage of cat to avoid utf8 / ascii problems.
  • (Fixed in 0.40b11) Sanitize ‘Not detected’ and ‘Cannot mount’ messages

Fixed bugs (0.40b9):

  • (Fixed in 0.40b9) [#2236] chntpw based options need to be rewritten for reusing code
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2264] chntpw – Save prior registry files
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2234] New option: Easy Grub fix
  • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2235] New option: Easy Windows Admin

Fixed bugs (0.40b8):

  • (Fixed in 0.40b8) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout

Improved bugs (0.40b7):

  • (Improved in 0.40b7) [#2192] UEFI boot support (Yes, again)

Improved bugs (0.40b6):

  • (Improved in 0.40b6) [#2192] UEFI boot support

Fixed bugs (0.40b5):

  • (Fixed in 0.40b5) [#2192] UEFI boot support

Fixed bugs (0.40b2):

  • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#1323] GPT support
  • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#2216] Verify separated /usr support

Fixed bugs (0.40b1):

  • (Fixed in 0.40b1) [#2231] SElinux support on chroot options

Reopened bugs (0.40b1):

  • (Reopened in 0.40b1) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout

Fixed bugs (0.32b3):

  • (Fixed in 0.32b3) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout

Other fixed bugs (0.32b2):

  • Rescatux logo is not shown at boot
  • Boot entries are named “Live xxxx” instead of “Rescatux xxxx”

Fixed bugs (0.32b1):

  • Networking detection improved (fallback to network-manager-gnome)
  • Bottom bar does not have a shorcut to a file manager as it’s a common practice in modern desktops. Fixed when falling back to LXDE.
  • Double-clicking on directories on desktop opens Iceweasel (Firefox fork) instead of a file manager. Fixed when falling back to LXDE.

Improvements (0.32b1):

  • Super Grub2 Disk is no longer included. That makes easier to put the ISO to USB devices thanks to standard multiboot tools which support Debian Live cds.
  • Rescapp UI has been redesigned
    • Every option is at hand at the first screen.
    • Rescapp options can be scrolled. That makes it easier to add new options without bothering on final design.
    • Run option screen buttons have been rearranged to make it easier to read.
  • RazorQT has been replaced by LXDE which seems more mature. LXQT will have to wait.
  • WICD has been replaced by network-manager-gnome. That makes easier to connect to wired and wireless networks.
  • It is no longer based on Debian Unstable (sid) branch.

Distro facts:

  • Packages versions for this release can be found at Rescatux 0.40b11 packages.
  • It’s based mainly on Debian Jessie (Stable). Some packages are from Debian Unstable (sid).

 

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Help Rescatux project:

I think we can expect four months maximum till the new stable Rescatux is ready. Helping on these tasks is appreciated:

  • Making a youtube video for the new options.
  • Make sure documentation for the new options is right.
  • Make snapshots for new options documentation so that they don’t lack images.

If you want to help please contact us here:

Thank you and happy download!

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