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    Happy Rescatux 2016 April Fools’ Day

    (Note: If you are looking for the Super Grub2 Disk April Fools Day just check: Happy 2012 April Fools’ Day .)

    The Rescatux 2016 April Fools’ Day joke in action

    He, he, he! XD

    If you have tried Rescatux 0.40b6 yesterday you will have noticed different than usual.

    First of all a full screen window will tell you that you are doing something against the U.S.A. law. Yes, you are using a GNU GPL licensed software ! And it is forbidden, not this year actually but next year, but your computer is going to be blocked anyway. Who would have thought that the law agent would be ahead of their time! Because, yes, Software Industry jobs.

    Here’s an snapshot of what I am saying:

    Rescatux 2016 April Fools Day Screen 1
    Rescatux 2016 April Fools Day Screen 1

    Which I transcript (as it’s seen in 2016) here as:

    Your computer has been locked!

    This operating system is locked due to the violation of the federal laws of the United States of America!

    (Article 2, Section 9, Clause 9; Article 303; Article 320 of the Criminal Code of U.S.A.

    provides for a deprivation of liberty for one to four years.).

    Following violations were detected:

    * You are using Rescatux which its license is: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.

    GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE has been totally forbidden since 2017

    in order to protect our Software Industry jobs.

    This computer lock is aimed to stop your illegal activity.

    To unlock the computer you are obliged to pay a fine of $100.

    You have 48 hours to pay the fine, otherwise you will be arrested.

    Please click this text anywhere to learn about the different payment methods available.

    This text has an FBI seal at the bottom of it to make it more credible. As you might have guessed this joke mokes up many ransomware virus that pretend to be your country police while acussing you of having child pornography (or alike) in your computer.

    So if you click anywhere on the text in order to learn the different payment methods you get a HA HA screen which features the current year april fools day:

    Rescatux 2016 April Fools Day - Screen 2
    Rescatux 2016 April Fools Day – Screen 2

    which I will also transcript for you:


    Happy 2016 April Fools’ Day !!!

    Click anywhere to use Rescatux / Rescapp.

    Some more facts about the joke:

    • In some screens the FBI seal gets cut. Unless someone submits a patch I’m not fixing it. Additionally, I think that a wrong implementation of the seal image adds to the joke. You know… We pay too much to the IRS so that the FBI can fight terrorism but, somehow, they are unable to pay someone so that their seal fits ok on any computer screen.
    • GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE is not forbidden but might be forbidden in a distopic future. Richard Stallman wrote The Right to Read around 1997 which describes a distopic world where it’s not so obvious to be able to read some books. If you check the article author’s notes you will notice that we might be living in such distopic world (or going towards it). If reading a book is in danger, why the GNU GPL won’t it be in the future? Think about it.
    • I wanted to make a joke about the Article, Section, Clause thing. You know, as if you opened the Laws book (not sure what it’s exact name) you could find Digital Millennium Copyright Act or a similar law, but I’m not sure what to put there. If you have any idea for this your feedback is welcome.
    • I tried to make the text to appear as legal as possible but if you know to improve it so that sounds like written by a lawyer please leave a comment.
    • You might know that, nowadays, many Software Industry jobs now are based around free software and open source. So it’s not likely that the Industry leaders will complot to forbid GNU GPL but, well, we have been reluctant about Microsoft embracing free software all of these years… why don’t just add another year?
    • Whenever the Tails greeter will be included I will try to feature 28 December (AFD for Spanish people) if you select an Spanish based language or country. Guardia Civil or Policia Nacional will be featured instead of the FBI in such case.
    • If you have an special AFD day in your country or a more official authority than FBI for you country please leave here your proposal.
    • AFD in AFD scanning technology stands for April Fools’ Day scanning technology. The only part of the computer system which it’s being scanned it’s the clock for the current date so that it can be compared to 1st of april.

    Being serious

    The pace of new media journalists

    Once thing I have learnt (that I also learnt when releasing the AFD boot technology to the world) it’s that current technology journalists do not check the facts they are given.

    But it’s not their fault actually. Our way of consuming new pieces of news has increased its pace. Sometimes, everything begins with a tweet, then a teaser article and finally an article.

    If we swallow information how are we going able to taste it?

    Great old paper magazines

    Somehow, if you want something serious you need to gather the old paper based (or no longer paper based) monthly released GNU/Linux magazines where people are paid for writing articles.

    These magazines might also make some errors (as a Rescatux 0.30 iso which was unbootable, so, nobody tried to boot it) but, usually, their articles are read by the author and the magazine editor.

    Sometimes the article writer is the program developer too.

    Rescatux 0.40 beta 6 was released two weeks ago

    So, around two weeks ago (so that it was not so AFD obvious) I released Rescatux 0.40 beta 6 which among other features it had:

    We also add AFD scanning technology to reduce user interface time based interactions while scanning the computer system.

    This AFD scanning technology also had an image next to it.

    AFD Scanning technology in action
    AFD Scanning technology in action

    it was the AFD Scanning technology in action. So… yes, I am trying to improve user interface time based interactions and I go lurking in the hard disk to show an image to the final user ? No way!

    It’s a pity that nobody from the open source world has been interested in this new technology. A question on what this technology was about in the  mailing list would have been ideal.

    If you take a look at the image you will see the FBI seal circumference copied several times with its yellow converted into blue (opposite colour).

    Softpedia and their Rescatux 0.40 beta 6 article

    So, I have a great relationship with Softpedia because not only they update my Super Grub2 Disk or Rescatux releases in their software directory. But usually they write articles about them.

    The last one of them fits perfectly here because they only not picked the best title for it: Rescatux 0.40 Beta 6 System Rescue Live CD Introduces AFD Scanning Technology but they also copied the image where the AFD Scanning technology in action was shown.

    So, they did not only check what they were publishing (a quick look at the commit would have been enough), but, also, were fooled by a rather stupid image of concentric spiky circles.

    If you are used to debates you will find here an special appearence of the argument ad verecumdiam (argument of authority). So, the Softpedia guys could defend themselves by saying:

    It was said by the Rescatux official webpage, so it had to be true!

    As I said above, it was not actually their fault, they cannot double check everything they post online. Either they are the first ones on publishing the piece of news or other webpage will get the visits.

    Not to say that many twitter accounts and media aggregator sites just reused the piece of news without checking or modifying it.

    And who knows, maybe they were improving on the joke on purpose thanks to their authority on GNU/Linux news.

    Actual impact

    I have not found any mention of anyone mentioning this joke on social media. The Super Grub2 Disk one yes. So, probably Rescatux 0.40 beta 6 is not used so much. So, probably we will have to wait for next year (with a probable stable release) to find such reactions.

    If you come from an April Fools Day from the future please leave your comment on how you lived the joke here so that we can have all of them in the same place.

    Rescatux 0.40 beta 6 released

    Rescatux 0.40 beta 6 has been released.

    AFD Scanning technology in action
    Rescatux 0.40b6 – AFD Scanning technology in action


    Rescatux 0.40b6 size is about 603 Megabytes.

    Some thoughts:

    This release improves support for both 64-bit amd64 UEFI boot (avoids booting in blind mode problems) and 32-bit UEFI boot (not tested that one myself). It should be bootable from some Intel-based Mac Book (Pro) systems too. We also add AFD scanning technology to reduce user interface time based interactions while scanning the computer system. Finally some of the internal code has been updated to reflect the new repositories which are found in github rescatux’s organization.

    So if you already have Rescatux 0.40b5 you do not need at all to download Rescatux 0.40b6 unless you are concerned about UEFI boot. Anyways it’s always nice for you to have the latest version so that you can give us feedback.

    It does not support Secure boot yet. The reason is we are going to rely on the debian-cd team work inside Debian itself and they have not finished with it yet.

    I am trying to polish this work so that it finally makes into Debian. It’s not obvious as it would seem originally with the current live-build framework based on bash. ( live-build UEFI boot support bug ).

    If you have a UEFI boot-only system feedback is welcome. Specially if the Debian installation disks work for you but not the Rescatux ones.


    Finally I want to make clear that we don’t support fixing specific UEFI issues yet from inside Rescapp native options. If you run the Restore Grub option and your Grub was originally setup in an EFI way it should probably fix it.

    You can also use boot-repair for UEFI issues, of course, which it’s included inside Rescatux, but that’s not supported by us.


    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
    • [#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
    • (Reopened in: 0.40b1) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout
    • [#2192] UEFI boot support
    • (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
    • [#2233] Disable USB automount
    • [#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
    • [#2264] chntpw – Save prior registry files
    • [#2234] New option: Easy Grub fix
    • [#2235] New option: Easy Windows Admin

    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 0.40b6 packages.
    • It’s based mainly on Debian Jessie (Stable). Some packages are from Debian Unstable (sid).


    Don’t forget that you can use:

    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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