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Rescatux 0.71-beta7 – Not a review

Rescatux 0.71-beta7 – Not a review

Download

Rescatux 0.71-beta7 ISO (672 MB)
(Torrent)MD5SUM: ee5efcc09e4d9011d8bd865f354dae84

Introduction

This last week I have been unable to sleep. Why? My friend adrian15 told me about him releasing another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on December 2017. That’s more than a year ago.

He has been hyping me about all those new features that this iso is going to have for the past two months. And he has also bothered me with all the problems he had been finding along the way. He is very persistent because he has finally managed to work around most of them.

So, the first thing I want to point out is that Rescatux, as you might know is usually based on Debian stable. Well, Rescatux 0.51b3 was based on Debian Jessie 8 and Rescatux 0.71 beta is based on Debian Buster 10 which happens not to be a Debian stable because it has not been released yet.

Debian Buster 10 will be release as stable Debian in the next months

But Debian Buster is frozen and it will be released as Debian stable in less than a year.

Using Debian Buster 10 instead of Debian Jessie 8 as a base means that more recent hardware will be supported out of the box. And that’s great because I recently bought a HP250 G6 2SX60EA laptop and I want to test Rescatux on it. So that I can give adrian15 more work Ha Ha Ha !

The other nice about this iso is the many ways it can be booted. Super Grub2 Disk which has an hybrid boot that supports i386-pc, ia32-efi and amd64-efi boots is from the same author. So you should not an expect an amd64 only disk and an i386 only disk but an hybrid one.

And that’s what you get. Here there is a boot options summary table:

Secure BootBIOS/EFI platformKernel ArchBoot?
On
x64 EFI
amd64
Yes
On
x64 EFI
i386
Seems not to work
On
ia32 EFI
amd64
Non tested
On
ia32 EFI
i386
Non tested
Secure BootBIOS/EFI platformKernel ArchBoot?
Off
x64 EFI
amd64
Yes
Off
x64 EFI
i386
Yes
Off
ia32 EFI
amd64
Non tested
Off
ia32 EFI
i386
Non tested
Secure BootBIOS/EFI platformKernel ArchBoot?
Off
BIOS
amd64
Yes
Off
BIOS
i386
Yes

Have you noticed it? Yeah, that’s it. Now Rescatux 0.71 beta 7 gets Secure Boot support from Debian Buster. And it’s Secure Boot which works with Microsoft Secure Boot enabled machines. So we are not going to need to tweak our UEFI firmware to be able to boot Rescatux. Yay!

What more about boot? Yes, there is this liveid thing that adrian15 made up so that some hp laptops that come with live-build installations do not confuse Rescatux boot. That’s supposed to be a new standard for live cds but according to what he has told me not many distros are willing to adopt it.

It’s UUID for live cds he has told me. It should be make easier the work of Yumi, Rufus, Easy2Boot and similar tools if combined with loopback.cfg according to him. Go figure.

Hands on – Boot

Enough talking. Let’s boot the iso and see what we get at.

I’m getting an isolinux menu with a countdown when booted in BIOS mode. Look at that! The poor tux penguin has beta 7 all of over his face! XD XD XD . This needs to be fixed in the next stable release. #FreeTuxFromBeta7

Rescatux BIOS boot menu #FreeTuxFromBeta7

However when I boot in UEFI mode I am not getting a countdown and the default boot entry cannot be seen because it’s white and the background is also white. I remember seeing this same problem in Rescatux 0.51b3. This has not been definitively been fixed.

Rescatux UEFI boot menu

Rescatux Desktop

What about having a laptop with a semi broken screen? I had to install open-vm-tools-desktop package on my virtualbox instance but I finally managed to make it work with two screens. That way I can show it to you without using a blurry mobile phone photo 😉 . Guess what? Rescatux gets you covered because you can start the monitor settings when monitors are horizontally stretched. The dialogs concerning monitor settings are centered among the two monitors.

So that means that I can finally recover my old broken screen laptop. I just disable my laptop screen and leave enabled the external screen. And there’s no need for me to learn hotkeys and commands to run those screen setup screens manually.

Rescatux Startup Wizard centered between two screens
Change Monitor Settings centered between two screens

By the way this monitor settings dialog is a part of the new Rescatux startup wizard.

Rescapp was already a wizard for your rescue tasks but adrian15 managed to add this new wizard for the live cd itself. These new Rescatux startup wizard feature are quite neat so that you can customize your Rescatux session.

  • Change monitor settings
  • Change language/locale
  • Change keyboard layout
  • Turn off VNC Server or change its password

VNC Server. That is an interesting feature for youtubers and maybe cloud users.

Now Rescatux starts up a VNC server at startup so that you can access it from the network. I have asked adrian15 on how to setup an static ip from boot parametres as I had seen in the past in GRML but he has told me it is not implemented yet. ‘You have to rely on dhcp or setup the static ip manually.’ he has told me. Look at this, we are ready to run Rescapp. Finally! This was getting bored because Rescapp is what matters in this distro.

Is this Rescapp?

What do we have here? This is Rescapp. But this is not the Rescapp that I know of with all those options. Let’s read the windows title:

Rescapp Self-Test

Rescapp checks itself thanks to self-test new functionality

I first thought this screen was meant for people to know if they had boot in Secure Boot or in UEFI mode. That’s useful because when playing with UEFI and BIOS boot I have learnt that every OS in the computer needs to be either boot in UEFI mode or in BIOS mode. Not the two of them mixed.

Later on, while discussing with adrian15 about this option he has told me about him converting rescapp and chntpw (what makes possible to reset Microsoft Windows passwords) into proper Debian packages. As Rescapp is available as an upstream package or as a Debian package it might appear in other distros without being able to show its full potential.

So now when a distro lacks SELinux support you know. If the distro has not packaged the forked version of chntpw that Rescapp uses then you also know. But you are not forbidden of using Rescapp. Maybe SeLinux support (needed by RHEL, Fedora, Centos,…) is not used by your usual distro so it does not affect you.

So Self-test not only helps you to diagnose if you have boot in the proper mode (UEFI or BIOS) but also if your live cd is lacking some of the Rescapp requirements.

After you click on the Start Rescapp !!! button you finally get out beloved Rescapp.

Our beloved Rescapp UI

Rescapp not so updated and angry call

I took a depth look into Rescapp for about long thirty minutes but I didn’t see anything relevant. This was confusing. I was expecting some Secure Boot options now that Rescatux could boot from Secure Boot machines. I was expecting him to fullfill all of the options embeded html documentation that I had complained to him when he released 0.51b3 version and I had to dig inside his rescapp scripts to understand them.

I had to phone adrian15.

He laughed at me. He was expecting my call. Too much work on putting up Rescatux up to date and adding all of those fancy wizards was his explanation. When I was going to complain to him about the awful design of the beta7 text in front of the now sad penguin he told me: Pull requests are welcome and he hung up the phone on me!

Super Grub2 Disk 2.04rc1s1 beta 4 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

e2d3fc9c1097a04301851e3a28471cb9  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4_source_code.tar.gz
e0a9b2c6cda6c98cec6e25efb48f008d  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
18efd15d8cd320ec3059387ccfd91154  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
df9e3da46c365586547053a6505e0492  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
eb3ddf1e6aea3ef8bb56f8d65c7dcd82  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
ce695895bef77c1aac8c2a737d38fbac  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
666a197765b481b82717fc3917d9c506  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
75471d118381ba82fec39fab8670d348  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4.zip

SHA1SUMS

ca71b0e51f8854f8aa11f7a8b015b871b1766e47  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4_source_code.tar.gz
1c15c67ecb7cccb27ff8e4310ae84bb9ac6d08aa  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
d3c09bcf13f4b770b073c82fddd445b7e196636c  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
e0a2925f7ce28fde82d9c5480bbf19ee584ef313  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
730ea63e4cb279710f7ffb2d4450791464aee55c  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
f15116b867ebad51727d47289bc623da27f8a53d  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
855debb761c7caa9294f1a1d0af56e01f24ee455  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
8800e20ac105714803cddec69ffdd06fbd530672  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4.zip

SHA256SUMS

eb2f48b75de9d2a566c7385f1956dcc80bd0484ac1a2bf0a0e2f914930b4acd6  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4_source_code.tar.gz
77a2716e544bd8ee598e306f4fcc776e65124841b1926fa80d849f3900d54719  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
d7a0657e76198d00f2dc5b6b5d986758e6046dfc219c1b3020230737c3e90f76  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
65f67deec4c683fa211ca17621444c924b371d506a7ac73e377a0bbaeb3247e4  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
0b691c73346abae945d3c827080eb4640e52fa290effd5d1122eba635464aedf  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
d3d94e870a9a2667feb1c68393df6e0c1fd67c1e92b2d15cf31d78e3de12fc59  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
007da80fa9fa051cd35a939a3f25860030ab24d15b27bddd58519aa0698285e3  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
222bfa9a79f6ddfe1e15108cda35ed521d7a92a97fd0e53e3780b0c931fdb6c6  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4.zip

Super Grub2 Disk 2.04rc1s1 beta 4 released

Super Grub2 Disk 2.04rc1s1 beta 4 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 beta release

This new releases features new upstream grub 2.04rc1 which includes

  • Support for multiple early initrd images
  • Support for the F2FS file-system
  • A verifier framework
  • RISC-V support
  • UEFI Secure Boot shim support
  • Btrfs Zstd improvements
  • Btrfs RAID5/RAID6 support
  • Xen PVH support
  • UEFI TPM 1.2/2.0 support

 

Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action
Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu
Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu
Chinese Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
Chinese Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems
Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu
Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu
Finnish Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
Finnish Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems

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
    • Finnish / Suomi
    • Chinese

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

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

e2d3fc9c1097a04301851e3a28471cb9  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4_source_code.tar.gz
e0a9b2c6cda6c98cec6e25efb48f008d  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
18efd15d8cd320ec3059387ccfd91154  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
df9e3da46c365586547053a6505e0492  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
eb3ddf1e6aea3ef8bb56f8d65c7dcd82  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
ce695895bef77c1aac8c2a737d38fbac  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
666a197765b481b82717fc3917d9c506  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
75471d118381ba82fec39fab8670d348  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4.zip

SHA1SUMS

ca71b0e51f8854f8aa11f7a8b015b871b1766e47  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4_source_code.tar.gz
1c15c67ecb7cccb27ff8e4310ae84bb9ac6d08aa  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
d3c09bcf13f4b770b073c82fddd445b7e196636c  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
e0a2925f7ce28fde82d9c5480bbf19ee584ef313  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
730ea63e4cb279710f7ffb2d4450791464aee55c  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
f15116b867ebad51727d47289bc623da27f8a53d  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
855debb761c7caa9294f1a1d0af56e01f24ee455  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
8800e20ac105714803cddec69ffdd06fbd530672  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4.zip

SHA256SUMS

eb2f48b75de9d2a566c7385f1956dcc80bd0484ac1a2bf0a0e2f914930b4acd6  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4_source_code.tar.gz
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65f67deec4c683fa211ca17621444c924b371d506a7ac73e377a0bbaeb3247e4  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
0b691c73346abae945d3c827080eb4640e52fa290effd5d1122eba635464aedf  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
d3d94e870a9a2667feb1c68393df6e0c1fd67c1e92b2d15cf31d78e3de12fc59  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.EFI
007da80fa9fa051cd35a939a3f25860030ab24d15b27bddd58519aa0698285e3  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04rc1s1-beta4.iso
222bfa9a79f6ddfe1e15108cda35ed521d7a92a97fd0e53e3780b0c931fdb6c6  super_grub2_disk_2.04rc1s1-beta4.zip

Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

Changes since 2.02s10 version:

  • Use grub-2.04-rc1 upstream grub2 tag

Changes since 2.02s9 version:

  • ‘Enable all native disk drivers’ option was improved. It no longer crashes.
  • Now devices are cached and Super Grub2 Disk is faster
  • Modify sg2d_directory and sg2d_dev_name variables so that SG2D is more portable
  • Standalone images are no longer broken and show main menu

Changes since 2.02s8 version:

  • (Devel) supergrub-release-news helps release team to generate a template for its news. Initial implementation.
  • (Devel) Added supergrub-release-changes to help with the release team.
  • (Devel) INSTALL: Improved explanation about what release scripts and file outputs.
  • Rename ‘(GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))’ to: ‘(GRUB2 installation)’
  • Use grub-2.02 upstream grub2 tag (Stable version)
  • Added Chinese (zh-cn) translation
  • Added Finnish translation (Thanks to tavallinenvirtanen7)

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

Debian Buster feedback on Rescapp needed

While we wait for Rescatux to be rewritten, once again, so that it’s based on Debian 10 (Buster) its main program: Rescapp needs some love. Some testing. Some polishment.

So if you want to help Rescatux / Rescapp development and you happen to have either a:

Debian Buster 10 or Testing AMD64 Live CD

or an

Debian Buster 10 or Testing 686 Live CD

you are welcome to test Rescatux repo and report any bugs that you find on the Rescapp issues page.

Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 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

76bfb212af216907c3e2d7df20cbc261  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10_source_code.tar.gz
ce31b52304dc92610d7a0f14413aaaad  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10.iso
b908d95d474d59d6c0ee6f2d4b07ef1e  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10.iso
0e1aca462a06c81ea1aee6ba0088be4c  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10.iso
856e7e6b5a905416ab33d3c666095b54  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10.EFI
8b0d7488dce4adac990c397dc1b92ed0  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.EFI
ee6b79fadec969fbed4d85569a3b47dd  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.iso
1097fc7d02d4e8c810b5cc80c8cddef8  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10.zip

SHA1SUMS

db244c56c609bede9f547d8feaf3458c6414bfaf  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10_source_code.tar.gz
f87f8b511ea128a80cc3bcb71ad8c4f7fe2a14be  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10.iso
b6205d9eeee95b87bb731b41e463c8c82bd30b66  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10.iso
9088a1fffbc678473007da33a391fc02e7cf5335  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10.iso
b541cbc15c7c5e6bbb681b9b49ca50a13900c23b  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10.EFI
e6b6afff2b2283ac261000f8e38bf1fc61f8d572  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.EFI
2b6bec29fb696cce96c47895f2263d45e2dc822e  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.iso
ea3093d9a27585319707d6abf62ab5ea4dfe47d0  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10.zip

SHA256SUMS

606f1e137a4cb0c3c65d23c984c04144267024f7afa4a288b3d8cc871a6891d9  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10_source_code.tar.gz
93eb54c9f6d9f1a59df502ce2a8ff17e7db5536cf292a954cbb518e46e2f72f8  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10.iso
feab8f3ef63bb23f6a8f4bddeb2364f0e5d791b7f9108bec34b534a1458bec89  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10.iso
a232ac2f6005fe4c0388117d6c00b52d8935f3d7ae83760402606685695cacd1  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10.iso
eeb4bb5aed7348a555c4f3466de4a7f352ab551ece4d406c94556a6a5b83e3aa  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10.EFI
6f08f01c26b22c5a61e9955eb55326bdf967e2ff1a0f261308128452ef3ab06d  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.EFI
bd12b4aa8e7ec167d33185aad27d1711c82d8a40dda9a3a2dc2579eb6d32f99f  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.iso
5d9de73f0a62d726a9fedf22b5c54bb03e333768ab4892d973531e24e63f3089  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10.zip

Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 released

Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 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 2.02s9 version and released on May 2017 (1 year and 6 months ago) . New features or changes since previous stable version are:

  • ‘Enable all native disk drivers’ option was improved. It no longer crashes.
  • Now devices are cached and Super Grub2 Disk is faster
  • Modify sg2d_directory and sg2d_dev_name variables so that SG2D is more portable
  • Standalone images are no longer broken and show main menu
  • Other minor improvements

 

Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action

Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu
Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu

Chinese Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
Chinese Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems

Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu
Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu

Finnish Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
Finnish Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems

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
    • Finnish / Suomi
    • Chinese

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

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

76bfb212af216907c3e2d7df20cbc261  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10_source_code.tar.gz
ce31b52304dc92610d7a0f14413aaaad  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10.iso
b908d95d474d59d6c0ee6f2d4b07ef1e  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10.iso
0e1aca462a06c81ea1aee6ba0088be4c  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10.iso
856e7e6b5a905416ab33d3c666095b54  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10.EFI
8b0d7488dce4adac990c397dc1b92ed0  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.EFI
ee6b79fadec969fbed4d85569a3b47dd  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.iso
1097fc7d02d4e8c810b5cc80c8cddef8  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10.zip

SHA1SUMS

db244c56c609bede9f547d8feaf3458c6414bfaf  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10_source_code.tar.gz
f87f8b511ea128a80cc3bcb71ad8c4f7fe2a14be  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10.iso
b6205d9eeee95b87bb731b41e463c8c82bd30b66  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10.iso
9088a1fffbc678473007da33a391fc02e7cf5335  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10.iso
b541cbc15c7c5e6bbb681b9b49ca50a13900c23b  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10.EFI
e6b6afff2b2283ac261000f8e38bf1fc61f8d572  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.EFI
2b6bec29fb696cce96c47895f2263d45e2dc822e  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.iso
ea3093d9a27585319707d6abf62ab5ea4dfe47d0  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10.zip

SHA256SUMS

606f1e137a4cb0c3c65d23c984c04144267024f7afa4a288b3d8cc871a6891d9  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10_source_code.tar.gz
93eb54c9f6d9f1a59df502ce2a8ff17e7db5536cf292a954cbb518e46e2f72f8  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10.iso
feab8f3ef63bb23f6a8f4bddeb2364f0e5d791b7f9108bec34b534a1458bec89  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10.iso
a232ac2f6005fe4c0388117d6c00b52d8935f3d7ae83760402606685695cacd1  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10.iso
eeb4bb5aed7348a555c4f3466de4a7f352ab551ece4d406c94556a6a5b83e3aa  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10.EFI
6f08f01c26b22c5a61e9955eb55326bdf967e2ff1a0f261308128452ef3ab06d  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.EFI
bd12b4aa8e7ec167d33185aad27d1711c82d8a40dda9a3a2dc2579eb6d32f99f  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10.iso
5d9de73f0a62d726a9fedf22b5c54bb03e333768ab4892d973531e24e63f3089  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10.zip

Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

Changes since 2.02s9 version:

  • ‘Enable all native disk drivers’ option was improved. It no longer crashes.
  • Now devices are cached and Super Grub2 Disk is faster
  • Modify sg2d_directory and sg2d_dev_name variables so that SG2D is more portable
  • Standalone images are no longer broken and show main menu

Changes since 2.02s8 version:

  • (Devel) supergrub-release-news helps release team to generate a template for its news. Initial implementation.
  • (Devel) Added supergrub-release-changes to help with the release team.
  • (Devel) INSTALL: Improved explanation about what release scripts and file outputs.
  • Rename ‘(GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))’ to: ‘(GRUB2 installation)’
  • Use grub-2.02 upstream grub2 tag (Stable version)
  • Added Chinese (zh-cn) translation
  • Added Finnish translation (Thanks to tavallinenvirtanen7)

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

Ubuntu feedback on Rescapp needed

While we wait for Rescatux to be rewritten, once again, so that it’s based on Debian 9 (Stretch) its main program: Rescapp needs some love. Some testing. Some polishment.

Rescapp program has been rewritten so that:

  • It no longer depends on SELinux
  • It depends on PyQT5 instead of the now obsolete PyQT4

That means that it can be built for recent versions of Ubuntu, packaged and put into a repo.

So if you want to help Rescatux / Rescapp development and you happen to have either a:

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial AMD64 Live CD

or an

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful AMD64 Live CD

you are welcome to test Rescatux repo and report any bugs that you find on the Rescapp issues page.

Rescatux 0.51 beta 3 released

Rescatux 0.51 beta 3 has been released.

Rescatux 0.41 beta 1 new options
Rescatux 0.41 beta 1 new options

Update UEFI order in action
Update UEFI order in action

Downloads:

  • Torrent (Open the link the in browser and click on Download Torrent File Now)
  • Rescatux 0.51b3 size is about 640 Megabytes.

    Some thoughts:

    • Boot Repair functionality has been removed from Rescatux. Many people, somehow, were using Boot Repair (by default) inside Rescatux while we don’t support it.
      If you feel Rescapp does not cover all the Boot Repair functionality you can fill a bug for a RFE (Request for Enhacement).
    • Rescapp and chntpw are now installed from a Repo. It should be virtually identical to 0.41b1 release. If something doesn’t work as well as before please report a bug so that we can fix it.
    • This is the last build based on Debian 8 (Jessie).

    Important notice:

    • If you want to use the UEFI options make sure you use DD or another equivalent tool (Rufus in ‘Direct image’ mode, usb imagewriter, etc.) to put Rescatux in your USB
    • If you want to use UEFI options make sure you boot your Rescatux device in UEFI mode
    • If you want to use Rescatux make sure you temporarly disable Secure Boot. Rescatux does not support booting in Secure Boot mode but it should be able to fix most of the UEFI Secure Boot problems if booted in Non Secure Boot mode.

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

    Let’s hope it happens sooner than later.

    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]https://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

    Changes (0.51b3):

    • boot-repair was removed
    • rescapp and chntpw fetched from Rescatux repo

    New options (0.41b1):

    • (Added in 0.41b1) Update UEFI order
    • (Added in 0.41b1) Create a new UEFI Boot entry
    • (Added in 0.41b1) UEFI Partition Status
    • (Added in 0.41b1) Fake Microsoft Windows UEFI
    • (Added in 0.41b1) Hide Microsoft Windows UEFI
    • (Added in 0.41b1) Reinstall Microsoft Windows EFI
    • (Added in 0.41b1) Check UEFI Boot

    Improved bugs (0.41b1):

    • (Improved in 0.41b1) Now EFI System partitions are shown properly in the Rescapp menues
    • (Improved in 0.41b1) Now partition types are shown in partition dialogs in the Rescapp menues
    • (Improved in 0.41b1) Now partition flags are shown in partition dialogs in the Rescapp menues
    • (Improved in 0.41b1) Now partition os-prober long names are shown in partition dialogs in the Rescapp menues
    • (Improved in 0.41b1) Show ‘Unknown GNU/Linux distro’ if we ever fail to parse an /etc/issue file.
    • (Improved in 0.41b1) Usability improvement. When moving entries the last entry moved keeps selected.

    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). Some packages are from Debian stretch.

     

    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!

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10-beta5 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

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    SHA1SUMS

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    SHA256SUMS

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    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10-beta5 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 beta 5 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 beta release

    The former Super Grub2 Disk stable release was 2.02s9 version and released on May 2017 (6 months ago) . New features or changes since previous stable version are:

    • Modify sg2d_directory and sg2d_dev_name variables so that SG2D is more portable
    • ‘Enable all native disk drivers’ option was improved. It no longer crashes.
    • Now devices are cached and Super Grub2 Disk is faster
    • Other minor improvements
    • Standalone images are no longer broken and show main menu

     

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action

    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu
    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu

    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems

    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu
    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu

    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems

    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
      • Finnish / Suomi
      • Chinese

    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

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    SHA1SUMS

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    SHA256SUMS

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    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

    • Modify sg2d_directory and sg2d_dev_name variables so that SG2D is more portable
    • ‘Enable all native disk drivers’ option was improved. It no longer crashes.
    • Now devices are cached and Super Grub2 Disk is faster
    • Other minor improvements
    • Standalone images are no longer broken and show main menu

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

    • (Devel) supergrub-release-news helps release team to generate a template for its news. Initial implementation.
    • (Devel) Added supergrub-release-changes to help with the release team.
    • (Devel) INSTALL: Improved explanation about what release scripts and file outputs.
    • Rename ‘(GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))’ to: ‘(GRUB2 installation)’
    • Use grub-2.02 upstream grub2 tag (Stable version)
    • Added Chinese (zh-cn) translation
    • Added Finnish translation (Thanks to tavallinenvirtanen7)

    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

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