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    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s8 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s8 stable is here.

    Super GRUB2 Disk is a live cd that helps you to boot into most any Operating System (OS) even if you cannot boot into it by normal means.

    A new stable release

    The former Super Grub2 Disk stable release was 2.02s7 version and released on February 2017 (1 month ago) . New features or changes since previous stable version are:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc2 . This is the release candidate for final stable 2.02 upstream Grub release. Please use this build to give them (upstream Grub) feedback on this version. It’s advised to ask here before reporting to them so that we discard the bug being a Super Grub2 Disk specific one.
    • Thanks to a Necrosporus suggestion now default theme starfield is no longer included. Images are now smaller. E.g. the hybrid image size it’s 19.3 MB while former version image size was 22 MB.
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action

    We are going to see which are the complete Super Grub2 Disk features with a demo video, where you can download it, the thank you – hall of fame and some thoughts about the Super Grub2 Disk development.

    Please do not forget to read our howtos so that you can have step by step guides (how to make a cdrom or an usb, how to boot from it, etc) on how to use Super Grub2 Disk and, if needed, Rescatux.

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s4 main menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s3 main menu

    Tour

    Here there is a little video tour in order to discover most of Super Grub2 Disk options. The rest of the options you will have to discover them by yourself.

    Features

    Most of the features here will let you boot into your Operating Systems. The rest of the options will improve the Super Grub2 Disk operating systems autodetecting (enable RAID, LVM, etc.) or will deal with minor aspects of the user interface (Colours, language, etc.).

    • Change the language UI
    • Translated into several languages
      • Spanish / Español
      • German / Deutsch
      • French / Français
      • Italian / Italiano
      • Malay / Bahasa Melayu
      • Russian

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    • Detect and show boot methods option to detect most Operating Systems

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 – Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality

    • Enable all native disk drivers *experimental* to detect most Operating Systems also in special devices or filesystems
    • Boot manually
      • Operating Systems
      • grub.cfg – Extract entries

        Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 grub.cfg Extract entries option
        Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 grub.cfg Extract entries option
      • grub.cfg – (GRUB2 configuration files)
      • menu.lst – (GRUB legacy configuration files)
      • core.img – (GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))
      • Disks and Partitions (Chainload)
      • Bootable ISOs (in /boot-isos or /boot/boot-isos
      • Extra GRUB2 functionality
        • Enable GRUB2’s LVM support
        • Enable GRUB2’s RAID support
        • Enable GRUB2’s PATA support (to work around BIOS bugs/limitation)
        • Mount encrypted volumes (LUKS and geli)
        • Enable serial terminal
      • Extra Search functionality
        • Search in floppy ON/OFF
        • Search in CDROM ON/OFF
    • List Devices / Partitions
    • Color ON /OFF
    • Exit
      • Halt the computer
      • Reboot the computer

    Supported Operating Systems

    Excluding too custom kernels from university students Super Grub2 Disk can autodetect and boot most every Operating System. Some examples are written here so that Google bots can see it and also to make more confident the final user who searchs his own special (according to him) Operating System.

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd
        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected
        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
        • FreeBSD
          • FreeBSD (single)
          • FreeBSD (verbose)
          • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
          • FreeBSD (safe mode)
          • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
        • EFI files
        • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

    Before this release we only had the hybrid version aimed at regular pcs. Now with the upcoming new EFI based machines you have the EFI standalone versions among others. What we don’t support is booting when secure boot is enabled.

    • Most any PC thanks to hybrid version (i386, x86_64, i386-efi, x86_64-efi) (ISO)
    • EFI x86_64 standalone version (EFI)
    • EFI i386 standalone version (EFI)
    • Additional Floppy, CD and USB in one download (ISO)
      • i386-pc
      • i386-efi
      • x86_64-efi

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed
    • Enable all native disk drivers *experimental* crashes Virtualbox randomly

    Supported Media

    • Compact Disk – Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) / DVD
    • Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices
    • Floppy (1.98s1 version only)

    Downloads







    Recommended download (Floppy, CD & USB in one) (Valid for i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi):

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Main Menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Main Menu






     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

    About other downloads. As this is the first time I develop Super Grub2 Disk out of source code (well, probably not the first time, but the first time in ages) I have not been able to build these other downloads: coreboot, i386-efi, i386-pc, ieee1275, x86_64-efi, standalone coreboot, standalone i386-efi, standalone ieee1275. bfree has helped on this matter and with his help we might have those builds in next releases. If you want such builds drop a mail in the mailing list so that we aware of that need.

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

    6d2cf16a731798ec6b14e8893563674b  super_grub2_disk_2.02s8_source_code.tar.gz
    294417a0e5b58adc6f80ef8ee9b3783e  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s8.iso
    b74cac92e6f74316dd794e98e5ba92e6  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s8.iso
    7345fdcfad9fa9cd7af6e88d737bc167  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s8.iso
    0d21930618d36f04826251e51d9f921e  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s8.EFI
    ba803db5593b0e5cc50908644fd02fba  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s8.EFI
    02bed470193e14ca7578ef045f8cc45a  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s8.iso
    cce6f2fae3c7b8507b7635417cc6426e  super_grub2_disk_2.02s8.zip
    

    SHA1SUMS

    70f22db153c4d5275c6668b6746b2d2902b7ef40  super_grub2_disk_2.02s8_source_code.tar.gz
    cf652d1fe21743180f555a34e89f95763310aaf3  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s8.iso
    31c8a20049bc22cf6e6dd6e4f8c3cb95ef9a71e4  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s8.iso
    5d47e42a967b9b13809956b21d86f77bcead73c9  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s8.iso
    cad195239ec05234d4f8d801e087cf8277f7cb53  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s8.EFI
    3c1a8b1f86349b66241706adeeef31ac14d415f1  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s8.EFI
    a942195ca18ffa74874bbde909fe3aa6200dad7c  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s8.iso
    d119ed8ae06475e689106ec9c48e19970f14517b  super_grub2_disk_2.02s8.zip
    

    SHA256SUMS

    2a7b845358c6fe5dfc62ea7f0b1d927793fc8b5ee6725760e79ab1bbfd10ffeb  super_grub2_disk_2.02s8_source_code.tar.gz
    83e37560147cbe730f95e6a70b2670a68049016cd2460849bbeb8a0b9c1a62be  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s8.iso
    42a9cad65a183a8e924b74ef8c2e1fe6a00fc490021380d99ca817b11c97ea0a  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s8.iso
    badb54279d5f35a866c043921b56a1583f6d1ee88a80fd3790931cc0aa315709  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s8.iso
    5196bec9f32132f1855876e3cce8ba3400f6ce7d1fd8d78c7458b2ac4c7c716a  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s8.EFI
    55f094295bc22b775009ce2531a6ec99f2dbbd1380d38a155e9f8eb6cce420f3  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s8.EFI
    f1c0dbb02fb42f2262937f571a2707a718677c2b8cd6a6fb7c899a8d89fffe20  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s8.iso
    c50d2e13e5b03b8abec64f8036767170e99a9944e04b3c6ffb0f6df27940e236  super_grub2_disk_2.02s8.zip
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

    • Use grub-2.02-rc2 upstream grub2 tag
    • Default theme starfield is no longer included. This will make images smaller.
    • (Devel) Make sure normal isos and standalone images have hash files without its full path.
    • (Devel) File hashes generation has been rewritten to work from the single supergrub-mkcommon generate_filename_hashes function
    • (Devel) Now MD5SUMS, SHA1SUMS and SHA256SUMS files are generated as part of the official build.

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

    • Added Russian language
    • Improved Arch Linux initramfs detection
    • Added i386-efi build support
    • Added i386-efi to the hybrid iso
    • Grub itself is translated when a language is selected
    • Added loopback.cfg file (non officially supported)
    • (Devel) sgrub.pot updated to latest strings
    • (Devel) Added grub-build-004-make-check so that we ensure the build works
    • (Devel) Make sure linguas.sh is built when running ‘grub-build-002-clean-and-update’
    • (Devel) Updated upstream Super Grub2 Disk repo on documentation
    • (Devel) Move core supergrub menu under menus/sgd
    • (Devel) Use sg2d_directory as the base super grub2 disk directory variable
    • (Devel) New supergrub-sourcecode script that creates current git branch source code tar.gz
    • (Devel) New supergrub-all-zip-file script: Makes sure a zip file of everything is built.
    • (Devel) supergrub-meta-mkrescue: Build everything into releases directory in order to make source code more clean.
    • (Devel) New supergrub-official-release script: Build main files, source code and everything zip file from a single script in order to ease official Super Grub
      2 Disk releases.

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

    • Stop trying to chainload devices under UEFI and improve the help people get in the case of a platform mismatch
    • (Devel) Properly support source based built grub-mkfont binary.
    • New options were added to chainload directly either /ntldr or /bootmgr thanks to ntldr command. They only work in BIOS mode.

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

    • Using upstream grub-2.02-beta3 tag as the new base for Super Grub2 Disk’s grub.
    • Major improvement in Windows OS detection (based on BCD) Windows Vista, 7, …
    • Major improvement in Windows OS detection (based on ntldr) Windows XP, 2000, …

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

    • (Devel) grub-mkstandalone was deleted because we no longer use it
    • Updated (and added) Copyright notices for 2015
    • New option: ‘Disks and Partitions (Chainload)’ adapted from Smx work
    • Many files were rewritten so that they only loop between devices that actually need to be searched into.
      This enhacement will make Super Grub2 Disk faster.
    • Remove Super Grub2 Disk own devices from search by default. Added an option to be able to enable/disable the Super Grub2 Disk own devices search.

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to commit: 8e5bc2f4d3767485e729ed96ea943570d1cb1e45
    • Updated documentation for building Super Grub2 Disk
    • Improvement on upstream grub (d29259b134257458a98c1ddc05d2a36c677ded37 – test: do not stop after first file test or closing bracket) will probably make Super Grub2 Disk run faster.
    • Added new grub build scripts so that Super Grub2 Disk uses its own built versions of grub and not the default system / distro / chroot one.
    • Ensure that Mac OS X entries are detected ok thanks to Users dir. This is because Grub2 needs to emulate Mac OS X kernel so that it’s detected as a proper boot device on Apple computers.
    • Thanks to upstream grub improvement now Super Grub2 Disk supports booting in EFI mode when booted from a USB device / hard disk. Actually SG2D was announced previously to boot from EFI from a USB device while it only booted from a cdrom.

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

    • Added new option: “Enable all native disk drivers” so that you can try to load: SATA, PATA and USB hard disks (and their partitions) as native disk drives. This is experimental.
    • Removed no longer needed options: “Enable USB” and “Enable PATA”.
    • “Search floppy” and “Search cdrom” options were moved into “Extra GRUB2 functionality menu”. At the same time “Extra Search functionality” menu was removed.
    • Added new straight-forward option: “Enable GRUB2’s RAID and LVM support”.
    • “List devices/partitions” was renamed to “Print devices/partitions”.
    • “Everything” option was renamed to “Detect and show boot methods”.
    • “Everything +” option was removed to avoid confusions.
    • Other minor improvements in the source code.
    • Updated translation files. Now most translations are pending.
    • Updated INSTALL instructions.

    Finally you can check all the detailed changes at our GIT commits.

    If you want to translate into your language please check TRANSLATION file at source code to learn how to translate into your language.

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

    • The upstream Grub crew. I’m subscribed to both help-grub and grub-devel and I admire the work you do there.
    • Necrosporus for his insistence on making Super Grub2 Disk smaller.

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

    And I cannot forget about thanking bTactic, the enterprise where I work at and that hosts our site.

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

    I think we won’t improve Super Grub2 Disk too much. We will try to stick to official Grub2 stable releases. Unless a new feature that it’s not included in official Grub2 stable release is needed in order to give additional useful functionalities to Super Grub2 Disk.

    I have added some scripts to Super Grub2 Disk build so that writing these pieces of news is more automatic and less prone to errors. Check them out in git repo as you will not find them in 2.02s8 source code.

    Old idea: I don’t know when but I plan to readapt some scripts from os-prober. That will let us detect more operating systems. Not sure when though. I mean, it’s not something that worries me because it does not affect too many final users. But, well, it’s something new that I hadn’t thought about.

    Again, please send us feedback on what you think it’s missing on Super Grub2 Disk.

    Rescatux development

    I want to focus on Rescatux development on the next months so that we have an stable release before the end of 2017. Now I need to finish adding UEFI features (most finished), fix the scripts that generate Rescatux source code (difficult) and write much documentation.

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s7 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s7 stable is here.

    Super GRUB2 Disk is a live cd that helps you to boot into most any Operating System (OS) even if you cannot boot into it by normal means.

    A new stable release

    The former Super Grub2 Disk stable release was 2.02s6 version and released on January 2017 (1 month ago) . New features or changes since previous stable version are:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1 . This is the release candidate for final stable 2.02 upstream Grub release. Please use this build to give them (upstream Grub) feedback on this version. It’s advised to ask here before reporting to them so that we discard the bug being a Super Grub2 Disk specific one.
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action

    We are going to see which are the complete Super Grub2 Disk features with a demo video, where you can download it, the thank you – hall of fame and some thoughts about the Super Grub2 Disk development.

    Please do not forget to read our howtos so that you can have step by step guides (how to make a cdrom or an usb, how to boot from it, etc) on how to use Super Grub2 Disk and, if needed, Rescatux.

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s4 main menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s3 main menu

    Tour

    Here there is a little video tour in order to discover most of Super Grub2 Disk options. The rest of the options you will have to discover them by yourself.

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s7 downloads

    Features

    Most of the features here will let you boot into your Operating Systems. The rest of the options will improve the Super Grub2 Disk operating systems autodetecting (enable RAID, LVM, etc.) or will deal with minor aspects of the user interface (Colours, language, etc.).

    • Change the language UI
    • Translated into several languages
      • Spanish / Español
      • German / Deutsch
      • French / Français
      • Italian / Italiano
      • Malay / Bahasa Melayu
      • Russian
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu
    • Detect and show boot methods option to detect most Operating Systems
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 – Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality
    • Enable all native disk drivers *experimental* to detect most Operating Systems also in special devices or filesystems
    • Boot manually
      • Operating Systems
      • grub.cfg – Extract entries

        Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 grub.cfg Extract entries option
        Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 grub.cfg Extract entries option
      • grub.cfg – (GRUB2 configuration files)
      • menu.lst – (GRUB legacy configuration files)
      • core.img – (GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))
      • Disks and Partitions (Chainload)
      • Bootable ISOs (in /boot-isos or /boot/boot-isos
    • Extra GRUB2 functionality
      • Enable GRUB2’s LVM support
      • Enable GRUB2’s RAID support
      • Enable GRUB2’s PATA support (to work around BIOS bugs/limitation)
      • Mount encrypted volumes (LUKS and geli)
      • Enable serial terminal
    • Extra Search functionality
      • Search in floppy ON/OFF
      • Search in CDROM ON/OFF
    • List Devices / Partitions
    • Color ON /OFF
    • Exit
      • Halt the computer
      • Reboot the computer

    Supported Operating Systems

    Excluding too custom kernels from university students Super Grub2 Disk can autodetect and boot most every Operating System. Some examples are written here so that Google bots can see it and also to make more confident the final user who searchs his own special (according to him) Operating System.

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd
        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected
        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
    • FreeBSD
      • FreeBSD (single)
      • FreeBSD (verbose)
      • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
      • FreeBSD (safe mode)
      • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
    • EFI files
    • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

    Before this release we only had the hybrid version aimed at regular pcs. Now with the upcoming new EFI based machines you have the EFI standalone versions among others. What we don’t support is booting when secure boot is enabled.

    • Most any PC thanks to hybrid version (i386, x86_64, i386-efi, x86_64-efi) (ISO)
    • EFI x86_64 standalone version (EFI)
    • EFI i386 standalone version (EFI)
    • Additional Floppy, CD and USB in one download (ISO)
      • i386-pc
      • i386-efi
      • x86_64-efi

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed
    • Enable all native disk drivers *experimental* crashes Virtualbox randomly

    Supported Media

    • Compact Disk – Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) / DVD
    • Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices
    • Floppy (1.98s1 version only)

    Downloads







    Recommended download (Floppy, CD & USB in one) (Valid for i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi):

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Main Menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Main Menu






     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

    About other downloads. As this is the first time I develop Super Grub2 Disk out of source code (well, probably not the first time, but the first time in ages) I have not been able to build these other downloads: coreboot, i386-efi, i386-pc, ieee1275, x86_64-efi, standalone coreboot, standalone i386-efi, standalone ieee1275. bfree has helped on this matter and with his help we might have those builds in next releases. If you want such builds drop a mail in the mailing list so that we aware of that need.

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

    232097ea540cde61d9caf72ac0910bf6  super_grub2_disk_2.02s7_source_code.tar.gz
    f7963b543da22b83287d7ca3e9b99576  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s7.iso
    15c2bf2ab0e56b1b730ffd702afc2983  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s7.iso
    1f91cb552d0e7f66e0e1ea8375071cfc  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s7.iso
    5abeb72308b19c509c509341e7c1f9f2  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s7.EFI
    f9b416f63063bd5c9a472e95799e749b  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s7.EFI
    619af11e95d10a7bfa03b07c6f1003ce  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s7.iso
    
    

    SHA1SUMS

    cfe1fc2d9e9ce2cfc5e23047cc63f745c5d1a23e  super_grub2_disk_2.02s7_source_code.tar.gz
    64da45d1df8455726bdcb81d85b5543f41ee8a76  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s7.iso
    830392a0fd9efe934cb9b2bfa4e26a53a04e842e  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s7.iso
    ecd2d58e47da70ab4694e4ba9afb4d9214cb9c5c  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s7.iso
    3b0b21e634a7ce3c459bfad992106d722b4b46b8  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s7.EFI
    ac7328f1bc7cc87e59679aa35fb55a655b5ca5b4  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s7.EFI
    8e2b7160390de34478a755fc17fbd5a3b8c64099  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s7.iso
    

    SHA256SUMS

    7528bf6fb3470e6282bc574f28f4062b2308fbc21b039508d15cba407ddedd88  super_grub2_disk_2.02s7_source_code.tar.gz
    6b871fc4df2708cddced3d702671d16855a8f9e800d6c34c53106a89973faf83  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s7.iso
    82ffa6fd4c0dbe1561f15e732480a1b7f4beab4da27a0f15c657cacf0e20cc8c  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s7.iso
    19eb36408275a6a8945a28b5b32b4999e250d2e9a0244b19f2d96de7edaefa5e  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s7.iso
    42d9774f58f896a98351b9ac793021a7b06d98d2e53b49adbc284986c6f9a9cb  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s7.EFI
    05176f79e61c28456b713225043eb69b98bddf26287d8e7e153c6b19d829faf0  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s7.EFI
    03153f2a8d3f912cfcc893ad5b940384cb7a44abcc91f7395eeccbf86b94154d  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s7.iso
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

    • Added Russian language
    • Improved Arch Linux initramfs detection
    • Added i386-efi build support
    • Added i386-efi to the hybrid iso
    • Grub itself is translated when a language is selected
    • Added loopback.cfg file (non officially supported)
    • (Devel) sgrub.pot updated to latest strings
    • (Devel) Added grub-build-004-make-check so that we ensure the build works
    • (Devel) Make sure linguas.sh is built when running ‘grub-build-002-clean-and-update’
    • (Devel) Updated upstream Super Grub2 Disk repo on documentation
    • (Devel) Move core supergrub menu under menus/sgd
    • (Devel) Use sg2d_directory as the base super grub2 disk directory variable
    • (Devel) New supergrub-sourcecode script that creates current git branch source code tar.gz
    • (Devel) New supergrub-all-zip-file script: Makes sure a zip file of everything is built.
    • (Devel) supergrub-meta-mkrescue: Build everything into releases directory in order to make source code more clean.
    • (Devel) New supergrub-official-release script: Build main files, source code and everything zip file from a single script in order to ease official Super Grub
      2 Disk releases.

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

    • Stop trying to chainload devices under UEFI and improve the help people get in the case of a platform mismatch
    • (Devel) Properly support source based built grub-mkfont binary.
    • New options were added to chainload directly either /ntldr or /bootmgr thanks to ntldr command. They only work in BIOS mode.

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

    • Using upstream grub-2.02-beta3 tag as the new base for Super Grub2 Disk’s grub.
    • Major improvement in Windows OS detection (based on BCD) Windows Vista, 7, …
    • Major improvement in Windows OS detection (based on ntldr) Windows XP, 2000, …

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

    • (Devel) grub-mkstandalone was deleted because we no longer use it
    • Updated (and added) Copyright notices for 2015
    • New option: ‘Disks and Partitions (Chainload)’ adapted from Smx work
    • Many files were rewritten so that they only loop between devices that actually need to be searched into.
      This enhacement will make Super Grub2 Disk faster.
    • Remove Super Grub2 Disk own devices from search by default. Added an option to be able to enable/disable the Super Grub2 Disk own devices search.

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to commit: 8e5bc2f4d3767485e729ed96ea943570d1cb1e45
    • Updated documentation for building Super Grub2 Disk
    • Improvement on upstream grub (d29259b134257458a98c1ddc05d2a36c677ded37 – test: do not stop after first file test or closing bracket) will probably make Super Grub2 Disk run faster.
    • Added new grub build scripts so that Super Grub2 Disk uses its own built versions of grub and not the default system / distro / chroot one.
    • Ensure that Mac OS X entries are detected ok thanks to Users dir. This is because Grub2 needs to emulate Mac OS X kernel so that it’s detected as a proper boot device on Apple computers.
    • Thanks to upstream grub improvement now Super Grub2 Disk supports booting in EFI mode when booted from a USB device / hard disk. Actually SG2D was announced previously to boot from EFI from a USB device while it only booted from a cdrom.

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

    • Added new option: “Enable all native disk drivers” so that you can try to load: SATA, PATA and USB hard disks (and their partitions) as native disk drives. This is experimental.
    • Removed no longer needed options: “Enable USB” and “Enable PATA”.
    • “Search floppy” and “Search cdrom” options were moved into “Extra GRUB2 functionality menu”. At the same time “Extra Search functionality” menu was removed.
    • Added new straight-forward option: “Enable GRUB2’s RAID and LVM support”.
    • “List devices/partitions” was renamed to “Print devices/partitions”.
    • “Everything” option was renamed to “Detect and show boot methods”.
    • “Everything +” option was removed to avoid confusions.
    • Other minor improvements in the source code.
    • Updated translation files. Now most translations are pending.
    • Updated INSTALL instructions.

    Finally you can check all the detailed changes at our GIT commits.

    If you want to translate into your language please check TRANSLATION file at source code to learn how to translate into your language.

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

    • The upstream Grub crew. I’m subscribed to both help-grub and grub-devel and I admire the work you do there.

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

    And I cannot forget about thanking bTactic, the enterprise where I work at and that hosts our site.

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

    There are two main improvements than can be made to Super Grub2 Disk in the next releases:

    • Fix md5sum files associated to iso files so that they don’t have to full path.

    Old idea: I don’t know when but I plan to readapt some scripts from os-prober. That will let us detect more operating systems. Not sure when though. I mean, it’s not something that worries me because it does not affect too many final users. But, well, it’s something new that I hadn’t thought about.

    Again, please send us feedback on what you think it’s missing on Super Grub2 Disk.

    Rescatux development

    I want to focus on Rescatux development on the next months so that we have an stable release before the end of 2017. Now I need to finish adding UEFI features, fix the scripts that generate Rescatux source code (difficult) and write much documentation.

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s6 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s6 stable is here.

    Super GRUB2 Disk is a live cd that helps you to boot into most any Operating System (OS) even if you cannot boot into it by normal means.

    A new stable release

    The former Super Grub2 Disk stable release was 2.00s5 version and released on October 2016 (3 months ago) . New features or changes since previous stable version are:

    • Added Russian language
    • Improved Arch Linux initramfs detection
    • Added i386-efi build support
      Most of you won’t need this image. There are very few machines which specificially need i386-efi boot.
    • Added i386-efi to the hybrid iso
      Now the hybrid iso is even more powerful by being able to autodetect i386-efi and load its modules.
    • Grub itself is translated when a language is selected.
      That means that the strings about such as “Use the up and down keys to select …” from grub itself will be also translated into your own language (if upstream Grub2 supports it)
    • Added loopback.cfg file (non officially supported)
      Some people would like to be able to chainload into Super Grub2 Disk scripts from another Super Grub2 Disk or a custom Grub2 Disk. Now you can do it by doing a configfile to our loopback.cfg. However this way of working is not officially supported. So do not ask for support if it does not work as you expect to.
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action

    We are going to see which are the complete Super Grub2 Disk features with a demo video, where you can download it, the thank you – hall of fame and some thoughts about the Super Grub2 Disk development.

    Please do not forget to read our howtos so that you can have step by step guides (how to make a cdrom or an usb, how to boot from it, etc) on how to use Super Grub2 Disk and, if needed, Rescatux.

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s4 main menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s3 main menu

    Tour

    Here there is a little video tour in order to discover most of Super Grub2 Disk options. The rest of the options you will have to discover them by yourself.

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s6 downloads

    Features

    Most of the features here will let you boot into your Operating Systems. The rest of the options will improve the Super Grub2 Disk operating systems autodetecting (enable RAID, LVM, etc.) or will deal with minor aspects of the user interface (Colours, language, etc.).

    • Change the language UI
    • Translated into several languages
      • Spanish / Español
      • German / Deutsch
      • French / Français
      • Italian / Italiano
      • Malay / Bahasa Melayu
      • Russian
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu
    • Detect and show boot methods option to detect most Operating Systems
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 – Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality
    • Enable all native disk drivers *experimental* to detect most Operating Systems also in special devices or filesystems
    • Boot manually
      • Operating Systems
      • grub.cfg – Extract entries

        Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 grub.cfg Extract entries option
        Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 grub.cfg Extract entries option
      • grub.cfg – (GRUB2 configuration files)
      • menu.lst – (GRUB legacy configuration files)
      • core.img – (GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))
      • Disks and Partitions (Chainload)
      • Bootable ISOs (in /boot-isos or /boot/boot-isos
    • Extra GRUB2 functionality
      • Enable GRUB2’s LVM support
      • Enable GRUB2’s RAID support
      • Enable GRUB2’s PATA support (to work around BIOS bugs/limitation)
      • Mount encrypted volumes (LUKS and geli)
      • Enable serial terminal
    • Extra Search functionality
      • Search in floppy ON/OFF
      • Search in CDROM ON/OFF
    • List Devices / Partitions
    • Color ON /OFF
    • Exit
      • Halt the computer
      • Reboot the computer

    Supported Operating Systems

    Excluding too custom kernels from university students Super Grub2 Disk can autodetect and boot most every Operating System. Some examples are written here so that Google bots can see it and also to make more confident the final user who searchs his own special (according to him) Operating System.

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd
        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected
        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
    • FreeBSD
      • FreeBSD (single)
      • FreeBSD (verbose)
      • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
      • FreeBSD (safe mode)
      • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
    • EFI files
    • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

    Before this release we only had the hybrid version aimed at regular pcs. Now with the upcoming new EFI based machines you have the EFI standalone versions among others. What we don’t support is booting when secure boot is enabled.

    • Most any PC thanks to hybrid version (i386, x86_64, i386-efi, x86_64-efi) (ISO)
    • EFI x86_64 standalone version (EFI)
    • EFI i386 standalone version (EFI)
    • Additional Floppy, CD and USB in one download (ISO)
      • i386-pc
      • i386-efi
      • x86_64-efi

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed
    • Enable all native disk drivers *experimental* crashes Virtualbox randomly

    Supported Media

    • Compact Disk – Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) / DVD
    • Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices
    • Floppy (1.98s1 version only)

    Downloads







    Recommended download (Floppy, CD & USB in one) (Valid for i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi):

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Main Menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Main Menu






     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

    About other downloads. As this is the first time I develop Super Grub2 Disk out of source code (well, probably not the first time, but the first time in ages) I have not been able to build these other downloads: coreboot, i386-efi, i386-pc, ieee1275, x86_64-efi, standalone coreboot, standalone i386-efi, standalone ieee1275. bfree has helped on this matter and with his help we might have those builds in next releases. If you want such builds drop a mail in the mailing list so that we aware of that need.

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

    94f600567ccf71d5984db94cd7755578  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6_source_code.tar.gz
    de3edf82f9dc69f5a7edd105841be040  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s6.iso
    bae56cb9c8dc741c198e6850df2c3f64  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s6.iso
    367250d7dbd99bc28de18a747e371533  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s6.iso
    210669a6675aa64f7a12c0f270ee1526  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s6.EFI
    1f07c7333f16a390acd6c2024502ec06  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s6.EFI
    ad370d006a6dbfe06ae05492c5157424  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s6.iso
    
    

    SHA1SUMS

    515448774c79864c5bd8423985cca495ed45f6b5  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6_source_code.tar.gz
    30f21c486b0874dd708dd28d03651074ac776867  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s6.iso
    ac7c3e0627119a6c0383c7f191d68b2408ec213a  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s6.iso
    32f9aebfb61c1e1c5939ecb91d562a212ba408dd  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s6.iso
    8ba74bbb1b6c262b4a0e9d6cef334227f68362f6  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s6.EFI
    aca02a3d0186649d69505688f1d6613cd12fbcfa  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s6.EFI
    a118644da399852e9e95257c669963dc35ba2170  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s6.iso
    

    SHA256SUMS

    a387b4f0dbde79779ab258079ca3b7ec9b929aa218ee42a9e31f33dfd1c1df2c  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6_source_code.tar.gz
    06d8ad3c3faaeb3ad24f28c42774a6bbb4aa80cd1bf64f7f2a0cfe3b161d5b44  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s6.iso
    9ac3e38279871d922f3d23bf2a749dd1b331256c70093a9ab9cd8a9088a9c012  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s6.iso
    e08e228bd5f27ef8252759eb400ba3b4e77e3b2da843a1a03e45c380242275a6  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6/super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s6.iso
    a445505c66b18d582311a1a4b2c4f15d4fd1140273a6f25966539ca5f9f92dc5  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6/super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s6.EFI
    c7cf206231fe3c07771a2891eb2f24bba02495937eaac84dae26262f648a2161  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6/super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s6.EFI
    e3cbf3e63f3cc5a102affb54a567816c2874aaf03e356485cd42a333b2a9460c  super_grub2_disk_2.02s6/super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s6.iso
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

    • Added Russian language
    • Improved Arch Linux initramfs detection
    • Added i386-efi build support
    • Added i386-efi to the hybrid iso
    • Grub itself is translated when a language is selected
    • Added loopback.cfg file (non officially supported)
    • (Devel) sgrub.pot updated to latest strings
    • (Devel) Added grub-build-004-make-check so that we ensure the build works
    • (Devel) Make sure linguas.sh is built when running ‘grub-build-002-clean-and-update’
    • (Devel) Updated upstream Super Grub2 Disk repo on documentation
    • (Devel) Move core supergrub menu under menus/sgd
    • (Devel) Use sg2d_directory as the base super grub2 disk directory variable
    • (Devel) New supergrub-sourcecode script that creates current git branch source code tar.gz
    • (Devel) New supergrub-all-zip-file script: Makes sure a zip file of everything is built.
    • (Devel) supergrub-meta-mkrescue: Build everything into releases directory in order to make source code more clean.
    • (Devel) New supergrub-official-release script: Build main files, source code and everything zip file from a single script in order to ease official Super Grub
      2 Disk releases.

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

    • Stop trying to chainload devices under UEFI and improve the help people get in the case of a platform mismatch
    • (Devel) Properly support source based built grub-mkfont binary.
    • New options were added to chainload directly either /ntldr or /bootmgr thanks to ntldr command. They only work in BIOS mode.

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

    • Using upstream grub-2.02-beta3 tag as the new base for Super Grub2 Disk’s grub.
    • Major improvement in Windows OS detection (based on BCD) Windows Vista, 7, …
    • Major improvement in Windows OS detection (based on ntldr) Windows XP, 2000, …

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

    • (Devel) grub-mkstandalone was deleted because we no longer use it
    • Updated (and added) Copyright notices for 2015
    • New option: ‘Disks and Partitions (Chainload)’ adapted from Smx work
    • Many files were rewritten so that they only loop between devices that actually need to be searched into.
      This enhacement will make Super Grub2 Disk faster.
    • Remove Super Grub2 Disk own devices from search by default. Added an option to be able to enable/disable the Super Grub2 Disk own devices search.

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to commit: 8e5bc2f4d3767485e729ed96ea943570d1cb1e45
    • Updated documentation for building Super Grub2 Disk
    • Improvement on upstream grub (d29259b134257458a98c1ddc05d2a36c677ded37 – test: do not stop after first file test or closing bracket) will probably make Super Grub2 Disk run faster.
    • Added new grub build scripts so that Super Grub2 Disk uses its own built versions of grub and not the default system / distro / chroot one.
    • Ensure that Mac OS X entries are detected ok thanks to Users dir. This is because Grub2 needs to emulate Mac OS X kernel so that it’s detected as a proper boot device on Apple computers.
    • Thanks to upstream grub improvement now Super Grub2 Disk supports booting in EFI mode when booted from a USB device / hard disk. Actually SG2D was announced previously to boot from EFI from a USB device while it only booted from a cdrom.

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

    • Added new option: “Enable all native disk drivers” so that you can try to load: SATA, PATA and USB hard disks (and their partitions) as native disk drives. This is experimental.
    • Removed no longer needed options: “Enable USB” and “Enable PATA”.
    • “Search floppy” and “Search cdrom” options were moved into “Extra GRUB2 functionality menu”. At the same time “Extra Search functionality” menu was removed.
    • Added new straight-forward option: “Enable GRUB2’s RAID and LVM support”.
    • “List devices/partitions” was renamed to “Print devices/partitions”.
    • “Everything” option was renamed to “Detect and show boot methods”.
    • “Everything +” option was removed to avoid confusions.
    • Other minor improvements in the source code.
    • Updated translation files. Now most translations are pending.
    • Updated INSTALL instructions.

    Finally you can check all the detailed changes at our GIT commits.

    If you want to translate into your language please check TRANSLATION file at source code to learn how to translate into your language.

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

    • bfree (Niall Wash): For his work in readding the i386-efi support and for being there when I did live development streams.
    • jim945: For his work on Russian language and improving Arch Linux initramfs detection.
    • schierlm: For his pull request for adding loopback.cfg support.

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 and he added some scripts for easing official releases.

    And I cannot forget about thanking bTactic, the enterprise where I work at and that hosts our site.

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

    There are two main improvements than can be made to Super Grub2 Disk in the next releases:

    • Fix md5sum files associated to iso files so that they don’t have to full path.
    • Use new upstream Grub release. We still use the upstream 2.02 beta 3 version. According to a recent announce a new Grub will be released on next February.

    Old idea: I don’t know when but I plan to readapt some scripts from os-prober. That will let us detect more operating systems. Not sure when though. I mean, it’s not something that worries me because it does not affect too many final users. But, well, it’s something new that I hadn’t thought about.

    Again, please send us feedback on what you think it’s missing on Super Grub2 Disk.

    Rescatux development

    I want to focus on Rescatux development on the next months so that we have an stable release before the end of 2017. Now I need to finish adding UEFI features, fix the scripts that generate Rescatux source code (difficult) and write much documentation.

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk


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