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Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2 downloads







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

NOTE:   The hybrid version should work in most any machine you might have. Please download that version.

Non scientific machine names Description
Oldie x86   These are very old machines that only have 32-bit processors. Their supported architecture for boot is i386.
Oldie 64bit   These are old machines, usually from 2010 year or before. They have 64-bit processors. Their supported architectures for boot are: i386 and x86_64.
UEFI 64bit   These are new machines, usually from 2011 year or after. They have 64-bit processors. Their supported architecture for boot is: x86_64-efi. If you enable CSM (also known as legacy boot) support on them they also support i386 and x86_64.
UEFI 32bit   These are new machines, usually from 2011 year or after. They are very rare. They have either 64-bit processors or 32-bit processors but somehow boot initially in 32-bit mode. Their supported architecture for boot is: i386-efi. I highly doubt you can enable CSM support on these machines.

NOTE:   The hybrid version should work in most any machine you might have. Please download that version.

Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2

USB Bootable Images

Download Supported archs Notes
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Recommended. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.

CD-ROM Bootable Images

Download Supported archs Notes
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
i386 and x86_64 Old BIOS (non UEFI) systems only.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

Standalone Images

Download Supported archs Notes
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

Misc

Download Supported archs Notes
Source Code (Git repo)
N/A Let’s you build Super Grub2 Disk on non supported archs.
Download super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a zip file. For offline people.

About other downloads. These other downloads might be built in the future if anyone complains and helps enough on our mailing list: coreboot, ieee1275, standalone coreboot and standalone ieee1275.

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

6ea377ac313aa13470a4015b141cecae  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
36c5e2f8dfc778b0bfa188f5de8bf2bf  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
f47c6f3de5c56bd192e582ab30ca9632  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
39fc068b1d7582f01e114875e804451d  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
e6309a3e70da1027bfea1271b1056425  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
7e056911818ec7a712ab23f599976ef4  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
8c724336d70c26fa7c4eb225c38707c0  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
6d1d158278460362dee656f64208385d  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
31af5e0a3008e2be5710ed05b57a59bd  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI

SHA1SUMS

992ab3416f0c09a062c99d346f1202f4a6b8dd8e  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
ce2f4bfc74defee70c1478b8610538d391604611  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
3d31523553e9e0db7b47c41be5113cdeab8f11e7  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
999945ddf429cb35fb9ba3c2f540080073edd8d9  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
9f187a11b2231797fc3d50d6ef3fa4796f18d165  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
1cf81a67a4aa5d11c1386d2b0cbbd83c16a9a86e  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
80929b55ce8adffd02a9c519bb61607fb4b0f38e  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
7f56ce9e6ccdc4902b8484551cc66490d3f5e20f  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
c0b3d0ae77cf26e4697f107a04ad86e6693b78e7  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI

SHA256SUMS

4e446ce36587040acc92ba3db4b51504aa758fe4ea26fd8b63196275f6b67d74  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
9042b07f67f762ff10b179f59d84928ee372925241c366b635961b05ff904c2d  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
2b9e20d16fde5d111edb9d6f55e6bf15b93295f3017c71af27ba866ecfa98739  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
f55a1f90c0eb77c3e5ba83b0b3f30a9bdd627d08ae420b148ce3fa00c0e832b0  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
12e76081a61eae547668edb86d92779d8c75250314546f21471c58f433ce4544  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
924623a1f3730ef98ffd0542174177c7510d18e1064c54c8119a904fb0a101b4  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
b891f681c7d86f6f1f58c2790a48334f5d760870ef7b8689adf4d87c6176cd96  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
31749cf3e0664592974a9691b6204652aad59d89d65f0fd2b316350412ff47e4  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
32c264066c86451d52de1b79c40338bbf2e95bf6dfa9b1bc39d527306ff1253d  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI

Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2 released

Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2 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 release removes the April Fools Day prank, adds a new Docker build system and has many other minimal improvements. Finally this new release is based on Grub 2.06 instead of the older Grub 2.04

 

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







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

NOTE:   The hybrid version should work in most any machine you might have. Please download that version.

Non scientific machine names Description
Oldie x86   These are very old machines that only have 32-bit processors. Their supported architecture for boot is i386.
Oldie 64bit   These are old machines, usually from 2010 year or before. They have 64-bit processors. Their supported architectures for boot are: i386 and x86_64.
UEFI 64bit   These are new machines, usually from 2011 year or after. They have 64-bit processors. Their supported architecture for boot is: x86_64-efi. If you enable CSM (also known as legacy boot) support on them they also support i386 and x86_64.
UEFI 32bit   These are new machines, usually from 2011 year or after. They are very rare. They have either 64-bit processors or 32-bit processors but somehow boot initially in 32-bit mode. Their supported architecture for boot is: i386-efi. I highly doubt you can enable CSM support on these machines.

NOTE:   The hybrid version should work in most any machine you might have. Please download that version.

Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2

USB Bootable Images

Download Supported archs Notes
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Recommended. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.

CD-ROM Bootable Images

Download Supported archs Notes
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
i386 and x86_64 Old BIOS (non UEFI) systems only.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

Standalone Images

Download Supported archs Notes
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
Download supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

Misc

Download Supported archs Notes
Source Code (Git repo)
N/A Let’s you build Super Grub2 Disk on non supported archs.
Download super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a zip file. For offline people.

About other downloads. These other downloads might be built in the future if anyone complains and helps enough on our mailing list: coreboot, ieee1275, standalone coreboot and standalone ieee1275.

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

6ea377ac313aa13470a4015b141cecae  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
36c5e2f8dfc778b0bfa188f5de8bf2bf  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
f47c6f3de5c56bd192e582ab30ca9632  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
39fc068b1d7582f01e114875e804451d  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
e6309a3e70da1027bfea1271b1056425  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
7e056911818ec7a712ab23f599976ef4  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
8c724336d70c26fa7c4eb225c38707c0  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
6d1d158278460362dee656f64208385d  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
31af5e0a3008e2be5710ed05b57a59bd  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI

SHA1SUMS

992ab3416f0c09a062c99d346f1202f4a6b8dd8e  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
ce2f4bfc74defee70c1478b8610538d391604611  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
3d31523553e9e0db7b47c41be5113cdeab8f11e7  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
999945ddf429cb35fb9ba3c2f540080073edd8d9  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
9f187a11b2231797fc3d50d6ef3fa4796f18d165  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
1cf81a67a4aa5d11c1386d2b0cbbd83c16a9a86e  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
80929b55ce8adffd02a9c519bb61607fb4b0f38e  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
7f56ce9e6ccdc4902b8484551cc66490d3f5e20f  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
c0b3d0ae77cf26e4697f107a04ad86e6693b78e7  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI

SHA256SUMS

4e446ce36587040acc92ba3db4b51504aa758fe4ea26fd8b63196275f6b67d74  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2.zip
9042b07f67f762ff10b179f59d84928ee372925241c366b635961b05ff904c2d  super_grub2_disk_2.06s1-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
2b9e20d16fde5d111edb9d6f55e6bf15b93295f3017c71af27ba866ecfa98739  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
f55a1f90c0eb77c3e5ba83b0b3f30a9bdd627d08ae420b148ce3fa00c0e832b0  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
12e76081a61eae547668edb86d92779d8c75250314546f21471c58f433ce4544  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
924623a1f3730ef98ffd0542174177c7510d18e1064c54c8119a904fb0a101b4  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
b891f681c7d86f6f1f58c2790a48334f5d760870ef7b8689adf4d87c6176cd96  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
31749cf3e0664592974a9691b6204652aad59d89d65f0fd2b316350412ff47e4  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
32c264066c86451d52de1b79c40338bbf2e95bf6dfa9b1bc39d527306ff1253d  supergrub2-2.06s1-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI

Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

Changes since 2.04s2-beta2 version:

  • Update supergrub-mkcommon functions to be able to build gpt based images.
  • menulstdetect does not need to use regexp module.
  • Make sure to use regexp on autoiso. Fixes #46 .
  • Move ‘GRUB Loopback Config’ from isos to the end. It’s easier to read longer iso names now.
  • Show when each menu is build with its date. Fixes #44 .
  • Make sure cfg files do not have execution bit
  • Disk and partitions: Handle empty label properly.
  • Merge pull request #49 from mk-pmb/uncontroversial_indentation_fixes
  • New Docker build system
  • grub-build-config: Switch to Grub 2.06 version.
  • April Fools Day prank was removed.
  • Docker: Use PREVIOUS_VERSION as the environment variable when the docker is run.
  • Docker: Make sure that devices work seamlessly.
  • Bump version to 2.06s1-beta2.
  • mk-pmb (5):
  • Nicer dates/times for “Detect boot methods”
  • Marcel’s authorship attribution
  • Cleanup: Remove trailing whitespaces
  • Cleanup: Fix mixed tab/space indentations
  • Cleanup: Normalize indentations to two spaces

Changes since 2.04s1 version:

  • Add Korean Translation
  • Use LIVEID in each secureboot vendor cfg
  • USB hard disk now has an additional partition for ISO files.
  • supergrub-mkusb: New script for normal (non secure boot) usb creation
  • New filename standard * ${SUPER_GRUB2_DISK_FILE_PREFIX}-${sgrub_version}-${TARGET_PLATFORM}-${TARGET_DEVICE}.iso * Now we specify not only the media where SG2D is supposed to be put (TARGET_DEVICE) but also the architectures which should be boot on (TARGET_PLATFORM). * Makes all of the filenames consistent * Devices are in capital letters like in Debian disks * Old ‘hybrid’ names are now renamed into ‘CD’ so that usb only users choose the ‘USB’ multiarch one. * Filenames are now separated by “-” and no longer by “_” in order to meet other distros filenaming schemes * super_grub2_disk prefix now it’s just: supergrub2: ** That makes super grub2 disk filenames shorter ** It removes confusion because ‘disk’ might imply a cdrom
  • Zip USB based images

Changes since 2.02s10 version:

  • Use grub-2.04 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

Rescatux 0.74 released

Rescatux is a Debian GNU/Linux based live cd aimed at GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows rescue tasks thanks to its graphical wizard named Rescapp.

Rescatux 0.74 stable version has been just released is available for you to download.

Check Rescatux 0.73 release


If you already have Rescatux 0.73 there’s no need to download Rescatux 0.74.

This is a quick release with almost no changes so this piece of news will be quite short. Please check Rescatux 0.73 released piece of news for the full detail of what Rescatux has in it.

The original idea was to work on Super Grub2 Disk but I just realised that I had to update the official Super Grub2 Disk irc channel… and, guess what, Rescatux also uses IRC so it needed a quick update.

I have almost not tested this Rescatux version. Was it not to work for you please try Rescatux 0.73 instead. Feedback on stuff that it previously worked ok on Rescatux 0.73 but it no longer works in Rescatux 0.74 on the github issues page is welcomed.

Rescatux 0.73 features Rescapp 0.56

Download

Rescatux 0.74 ISO ISO & Source code (Git Source code)

Checksums

Rescatux 0.74 checksums

Main changes

The last Rescatux stable version was released on April 2020. That’s about one and a half year ago.

This is a quick and dirty release in order to change Rescapp default chat irc support channels from Freenode to Libera.

As Debian Buster has had some packages updated in the meanwhile it will also feature minor packages updates.

This iso is greater than 700 MiB so it does not fill into a CD. You should use an USB. I might try to shrink the iso back into a CD in the future.

What’s new on Rescatux (since Rescatux 0.73)

  • Minor packages updates

What’s new on Rescapp (since Rescatux 0.73)

  • Support chat rooms have been moved to Libera IRC.
Rescatux 0.74 checksums

MD5SUMS:
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More information

You can find more information in: Rescatux .

Rescatux 0.73 released

Rescatux is a Debian GNU/Linux based live cd aimed at GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows rescue tasks thanks to its graphical wizard named Rescapp.

Rescatux 0.73 stable version has been just released is available for you to download.

Rescatux 0.73 features Rescapp 0.56

Download

Rescatux 0.73 ISO (Torrent) (691 MB) ISO & Source code (Torrent) (2.14 GB) (Git Source code)

How to use it in real life

  • USB DEVICE: Please use Etcher (or dd carefully if you are an expert) to flash the iso to your usb device (Warning: The complete usb device is erased). Other methods based on external tools that put many ISOs into a single usb are discouraged and not supported because it’s not easy that the resultant USB will support all the as-is Rescatux supported systems.
  • CDROM or DVDROM: Burn the iso with k3b, brasero, nero burning rom, or your favourite burning tool (it fits under 700 MiB).

Checksums

Rescatux 0.73 checksums

Supported systems

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
Supported systems table

Hands On Video

Rescatux 0.73 hands on – Mini tutorial where Easy GNU/Linux Boot Fix option is featured

You can watch the Rescatux 0.73 hands on video where you will find a mini tutorial on how to use Rescatux 0.73. Easy GNU/Linux Boot Fix option is featured.

Main changes

The last Rescatux stable version was released on October 2012. That’s about eight years ago.

Many changes have happened to Rescatux since then. UEFI options which became mainstream at 2015 have been added. Secure Boot support has been added. Rescapp is now its own program.

Rescapp 0.56 main menu featured at Rescatux 0.73

Rescapp had some serious usability flaws that have been fixed. When you run an option you never knew if it was working ok. Now you have an status for the option.

Rescapp 0.56 – Status label shows that the Easy GNU/Linux boot option is being run

Finally the complete nightmare of pop-ups that were shown when an option is run have been replaced by nice coloured scrolling messages.

Rescapp 0.56 – Nice scrolling coloured messages show what the option does

One of the best improvement has been done recently. Rescapp has been improved so that every option is properly documented (as well as a non native English speaker can write).

Not only every question explains all the steps that it performs and the questions they are going to make but some scenarios are explained so that you can understand what’s the most suitable scenario when to use the option.

Rescapp 0.56 – Now every option has its own documentation with examples of use

Features

Rescatux 0.73 supports booting from UEFI Secure Boot and traditional BIOS. Both amd64 and 686 systems are supported.

Rescatux includes Rescapp, a graphical rescue tool that will assist users to regain access to a computer that has become non-bootable among many other features.

GNU/Linux options

  • Change Gnu/Linux Password : Change a user’s password
  • File System Check (Forced Fix) : File System Check (Forced Fix)
  • Easy GNU/Linux Boot Fix : Fsck partition, update grub menues, restore GRUB into the MBR and order UEFI entries
  • Restore Grub : Restore GRUB into the MBR
  • Regenerate sudoers file : Define a new sudoers file
  • Update Grub Menus : Update GRUB Configuration File

UEFI Boot specific options

  • UEFI Partition Status : Check UEFI partition status
  • Check UEFI Boot : Check if Rescatux has boot in UEFI mode
  • Create UEFI Boot Entry : Create a new UEFI Boot entry out of your EFI files
  • Change UEFI Boot Order : Change UEFI Boot order
  • Reinstall Microsoft Windows UEFI : Reinstall Microsoft Windows UEFI boot entries
  • Fake Microsoft Windows UEFI : Fake Microsoft Windows UEFI boot entry
  • Hide Microsoft Windows UEFI : Hide Microsoft Windows UEFI boot entry and define default fallback one.

Windows password and role related options

  • Easy Windows Admin : Promote to Admin, Reset Windows (NT,200x,XP,Vista,Seven) password and unlock user
  • Reset Windows password : Reset Windows (NT,200x,XP,Vista,Seven,10) password
  • Promote Windows user to Admin : Promote Windows (NT,200x,XP,Vista,Seven,10) user to Administrator
  • Unlock Windows user : Unlock Windows (NT,200x,XP,Vista,Seven,10) user

Other options

  • Boot Info Script : Boot Information Script
  • Check bios_grub partition on GPT : Check if there is a bios_grub partition on a GPT disk
  • Gptsync : Create an hybrid MBR inside a GPT partition (Gptsync)
  • Recompute Hybrid GPT/MBR CHS : Recompute CHS values on an hybrid GPT/MBR partitiont table
  • Restore Windows MBR : Restore generic MBR code so that Windows boots again
  • System Info Script (Inxi) : System Info Script (Inxi)

Support features

  • Chat : Get online human help (chat)
  • Help : Help on using Rescapp
  • Share log : Share Rescatux logs. It generates a pastebin in paste.debian.net and shows it to you so that you can copy and paste the url in the chat.
  • Share log on forum : Share Rescatux logs on a forum. It generates a temporary file ready to copy and paste on your favourite forum (ubuntuforums.org and others).
  • Show log : Show Rescatux logs so that you can ask help and supporters can know what happens when you run Rescatux options
  • Web : Access online Rescatux website

External tools

  • Gparted : GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.
  • Testdisk : Testdisk is a text wizard drive program for rescuing disks, partitions, and files.
  • Photorec : Photorec is a text wizard drive program for rescuing files. Despite its name it recovers much more files than photo files.

What’s new on Rescatux (since Rescatux 0.72-beta8)

  • Grub menu recovers Auto entry.
  • Grub menu boots into Auto entry in 60 seconds.
  • Built source code now includes rescapp and chntpw packages.
  • Stable version.

What’s new on Rescapp (since Rescatux 0.72-beta8)

  • Rest of the plugins documentation has been updated to match 2019 gui.
  • Removed tooltips from main menu.
  • Added initial useful explanations on options documentation.
  • Disable action buttons when an option is run.
  • UEFI options now show the final user when the backup of EFI directory fails.
  • README reorganisation.
  • Stable version.

Known bugs

  • Graphical interface is not shown if you have newest Amd videocards from 2020
  • Encrypted partitions need to open manually via the CLI (if they are ever needed in order to rescue your system). That’s not strictly a bug but a non-fullfilled request for enhacement (RFE).

Feedback and support

Rescatux is designed in such a way that you can use it on your own offline by just reading its help. Although the documentation could be much better written.

I am unable to keep a proper forum up right now. So if you have any question or suggestion I recommend you to open a new issue in the Rescapp issue tracker. Please before opening a new issue check if your problem was already was asked and solved in the Rescapp issue tracker question labeled issues.

You can also ask for help on the integrated Rescatux irc channel. Hopefully someone will be online.

Thank you

Interview

  • Q: Tell us about Rescatux. Where, how and why?
  • A: Before Grub2 was the norm there was Grub which was able to edit minimally your system (install grub on the mbr). I develop a GUI around it named Super Grub Disk, later on I improved it by modifying its source code. But then Grub2 started to be used by default in many distributions. Super Grub2 Disk was born, a GUI around Grub2 but, guess what, it couldn’t install grub on the mbr. So a live cd was needed and I started to tinker with Rescatux around 2010.
  • Q: For those people that still do not know Rescatux, can you please explain what Rescatux is?
  • A: It’s a Debian GNU/Linux based live cd aimed at rescue tasks. It features Rescapp a graphical wizard for helping to recover your system.
  • Q: Why did you choose the Rescatux name?
  • A: In Spanish it might mean Rescate Linux. And in English Rescue a Tux computer. I also wanted one single name (contrary to the three words from Super Grub2 Disk).
  • Q: Who’s in charge of the development?
  • A: Most of the development is done by me, adrian15. Many people have helped all along these almost ten years.
  • Q: What’s the Rescatux target audience?
  • A: GNU/Linux newbies such as Ubuntu users in 2015 and MX Linux users in 2020. It’s also targeted to repair technicians and, of course, distro hoppers.
  • Q: What are the main difficulties on developing Rescatux?
    • A1: Lack of time.
    • A2: When I’m able to build on Debian 9, then Debian 10 appears and I have to rethink all of it.
    • A3: live-build, one of the Debian tools for making live cds was not as good as I needed it to be and I needed to improve it, then push back the changes to upstream.
    • A4: Getting useful feedback from people who uses Rescatux (even having an integrated chat) is difficult.
    • A5: Nobody has steped in to add CI/CD and check if Rescatux always fixes the same problems. We would need something similar to what ReactOS and Tails do on their projects.
    • A6: Lack of contributors. This is not a tool where, as a developer, you can learn useful skills for your everyday work unless you are GNU/Linux repair technician.
    • A7: I prefer QT but Gparted, Firefox and other projects are based on GTK and make Rescatux iso slightly bigger.
    • A8: UEFI, Secure Boot and what not. We live in a time where old BIOS systems and new UEFI systems are available. Both need to be supported and also Secure Boot. And trying to test Secure Boot in a virtual machine is not easy. You cannot use Virtualbox but you need to setup and user KVM/Qemu in special ways. And many UEFI firmwares are not very well programmed.
  • Q: What are the main collaborations or help you received on Rescatux ?
  • A: The most recent contributor is cjg67 which helped a lot on improving written English in Rescapp. It’s also nice that many Linux magazines write articles about it and even record DVDs with Rescatux in them.
  • Q: Can you tell us anything about the Rescatux future?
  • A: Rescapp, the main Rescatux program is stable. It might need some options reorganisation (feedback is welcomed) or some documentation rewriting. But it is stable. My mid term goal on Rescatux is bringing back my work on live-boot, live-build, liveid, chntpw (which I will fork), and rescapp back to Debian. If one such goal is achieved one could be able to install rescapp on a Debian live cd thanks to the apt-get command.

Pinging back the Press

  • ALL: How to test the iso. What really piss me off is those people which create a new empty virtual machine and start up Rescatux cdrom without any installed operating system in their virtual machine. This might be ok for your regular GNU/Linux distribution live cd but not for Rescatux. You are not going to enjoy how Rescapp recover your boot and al. Please setup a dual boot (e.g. Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04) environment and try to play with Rescapp boot options. Forget your GNU/Linux password on purpose. If you try the EFI mode in Virtualbox remember that you never have to power off the machine. Just reboot it from inside your installation or save the vm state and later on resume it. Else you might find out that you lose the your recently installed UEFI menu. Finally if you are expert enough try to setup a KVM/Qemu with actual Secure Boot instead.
  • ALL: More than Rescapp. You might be tempted to skip the boot menues and the Rescatux startup wizard in your explanations because the useful thing is Rescapp. Don’t miss the opportunity to talk about it because it ensures to be shown in the middle of two screens and allows Rescatux to be accessed via VNC. Change your keyboard and so on.
  • Distrowatch: Thank you for helping me to bring Rescatux and Super Grub2 Disk to your audience. Rescatux is targeted at newbie Ubuntu users (which I guess that nowadays are the newbie MX Linux users), repair technicians and distro hoppers. Hopefully one day I can find time to develop a new standard based on rss so that you can keep track of new distribution releases in a semi-automated way. BTW if you come from Distrowatch weekly where this announcement is featured your feedback is welcomed in the DW comments. I’ll try to participate and solve doubts if anyone has them.
  • Linux Magazine: Thank you for making your 167 number Fast Help article free for everyone to read. Ferdinand Thommes (the article writer) came into the Rescatux irc channel back in the day for having updated feedback from us. It was nice meeting him.
  • Linux Magazine: Your 228 issue had a DVD with Super Grub2 Disk. The DVD label mockup should have had the version (2.04s1 or whatever) in addition to Super Grub2. E.g. Super Grub2 2.04s1. Anyways I’m grateful and at the same time amazed because this is about 17 MB burned into a 4.3 GiB DVD side !!! Once I manage to add Secure Boot support to Super Grub2 Disk I need to build an iso that features both SG2D and Rescatux so that not so much space is wasted.
  • Destination Linux: I watched your DL138 episode (48 minute). I liked Noah explanation on saying that when Grub does not boot it it’s usually a synthom that something else is bad. Hopefully one day you cover Rescatux release.
  • Carey Holzman: I enjoy watching you repairing computers. One of the last episodes I saw was LIVE – Tech-Vets show #150 where I learnt how the new worldwide state was being dealt in the U.S.A. and among computer repair men. I also enjoyed your rant on your wife employer not giving her a laptop and a separate internet connection. I guess Parted Magic (which it’s a paying product) is more suited for many of your tasks but it would be nice you could try Rescatux and give me some live feedback that I can use back to improve Rescatux usability or functionality. It’s usually hard for me to receive useful feedback. Usually people are in a hurry to use Rescatux and if it doesn’t work they switch to another solution.
  • MuyLinux: I sent you an email many years ago telling you that Rescatux was going to be released as an stable version very soon. It seems I lied to you XD. You have invited me many times to write an article about Rescatux (which I have declined because I preferred to work on improving Rescatux) but I think I will leave it to you. After all if I write it myself I might lose the opportunity on grasping how Rescatux is perceived by someone other than me.
  • Barrapunto: Hi kandinski! Hopefully one day you can surprise all of us and reopen the site. I miss writing in my own bitacora.
  • Meneame (not the site owners but its community):
    • Message for the one who brings potatoes: This is a proud GNU/Linux distribution. I should write it down more often. Hopefully the GNU and Tux background makes you happy enough to forgive me not writing GNU/Linux after everytime I write Rescatux.
    • I have thought on bringing back my barrapunto bitacora back as meneame articles but I’m not quite convinced. Any replacement for Barrapunto that you recommend me? Thank you.
    • If you are commenting on a new Rescatux article on meneame make sure to ask your doubts there. I might be around and reply to them 😉 .
  • Linux Format: I enjoyed your Rescue distros roundup on LXF209 where Rescatux won. On LXF250 you mentioned that Rescatux was not maintained and that’s why it was not considered. I was disappointed till I checked that at that time (June 2019) latest Rescatux distribution release was from December 2017. Yes, I had done some internal builds from November 2018 where I tried once again to use LXQT but I hadn’t made it public, so, it didn’t exist. Funny enough on May 2019 (probably after the article was written) Rescatux 0.71-beta7 was released. Anyways Rescatux being perceived as disappeared encouraged me to work hard on it so that we finally had an stable release. So thank you!
  • Linux Format: Some notes on updating Rescue distros roundup from LXF209 to match Rescatux 0.73:
    • Tools repository: I removed the external Boot Repair tool although it has many tools. [No change.] (4/5)
    • Customisability: No one has shown interest in being able to build its own custom Rescatux so I haven’t worked on it. [No change.] (2/5)
    • User experience: Thanks to the new status frame where you can see what Rescapp does the usability is even better than before. [No change.] (5/5)
    • Support & rescue docs: The current documentation and videos on the website are aging a bit but a lot of work has been put into generating a proper inline documentation that you can read from Rescatux itself (without an internet connection). [No change.] (5/5)
    • Security features: Current iso also has GPGV and shred but I didn’t put them on purpose. Security is not a priority. You can drop one point if you want to. [-1] (1/5)
    • Custom tools and UIs: Yeah, now Rescatux not only has Rescapp but a Rescatux startup wizard which assists you to change display resolution, locale, vnc or keyboard layout. (6/5)… I mean… [No change.] (5/5) 😉 .
    • Healing capabilities: Boot Repair tool is no longer there but many UEFI options have been added. [No change.] (4/5)
    • The verdict [No change.] (5/5)
  • Linux Format: Tux with fingers should not be! you say. Not only I managed to show a penguin that almost drowned but I also made it more human by giving him fingers. I only will say that it made sense when I first thought about it XD. Rescatux background no longer features the humanoid-drowning-tux but a GNU and a Linux images. Website images, to your concern, won’t be updated in the short term, so you will see the humanoid-drowning-tux once in a while 😉 .
  • Linux Format: I checked the LXF259 DVD iso and you have a pretty nice system based on Grub. It supports booting from both BIOS and UEFI (IA32 and AMD64) systems. Congratulations! Super Grub2 Disk is less than 17 MB in size. I want to release an special ‘script’ release in the future so that you can just configfile its cfg which it’s the right way of using it.
  • Linux Format: On the LXF259 DVD iso you feature Rescatux. It’s nice how you can use your parser (aimed at live-build disks) and create a Rescatux boot entry. Can you please improve it by supporting loopback.cfg (and thus liveid)?
menuentry "Rescatux X.YY" {
  iso_path=/Rescatux/rescatux-0.72-beta4.iso
  export iso_path
  #search --set=root --file $iso_path
  loopback loop $iso_path
  root=(loop)
  configfile /boot/grub/loopback.cfg
  loopback --delete loop
}

Forward pinging

  • MX Linux: I know you have a tool named MX Boot Repair. It’s not easy to predict when I’ll be able to add Rescapp to Debian properly. It would be nice if you could evaluate Rescapp as a replacement for your MX Boot Repair. What features you are missing from it. And, maybe, if you need an special start switch so that only two or three options are shown to your live cd users. You can find Debian Buster based repo in Rescatux repo and you can also use the quick script on Non-free Rescatux documentation. And make sure the user which runs rescapp can sudo any command he wants to (as it usually happens in Live CDs).

What about the future

My plans on future development :

  • Unspecified pause
  • Soften Super Grub2 Disk AFD prank
  • Working on adding Secure Boot to Super Grub2 Disk
  • Maybe improving Rescapp documentation, release new stable Rescapp and Rescatux releases
  • Probably also releasing a Super Grub2 Disk version based on GNU/GRUB 2.06 version
  • Maybe work on a new Rescatux webpage
  • Update Rescatux images to remove Tux with fingers so that Linux Format magazine guys stop complaining (and because we have better background and logo designs right now 😉 )
  • Push live-boot liveid improvements back to Debian
  • Push live-build Rescatux improvements back to Debian
  • Work on Super Grub2 Disk script release so that Linux Format Guys can include a working version of Super Grub2 Disk on their multiarch enabled DVDs
  • Getting back Rescatux improvements on live-build and live-boot to upstream (Debian)
  • Fork chntpw properly into another name
  • Make chntpw fork a proper Debian package
  • Make rescapp non arch dependent (all package in Debian)
  • Make rescapp a proper Debian package
  • Release a Rescatux version based on Debian 11 (Bullseye)
  • Trying to push a graphical rescue flavour into Debian itself almost (but not better than) as good as Rescatux.
  • Release a Super Grub2 Disk and Rescatux all-in-one iso
Rescatux 0.73 checksums

MD5SUMS:
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More information

You can find more information in: Rescatux .

Rescatux 0.72-beta8 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta8 ISO (691 MB)
(Torrent)MD5SUM: 6eb165793e98ec409a1af70f16920ac1

Summary

This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on January 2020. That’s about one month ago.

This new version has many improvements. AFD Scanning technology has been improved with the United States of Spain gimmick. Rescapp now has proper logos, desktop icons and a window icon. Non English translations were removed from internal documentation. Many plugin documentations have been update to match 2019 gui. Finally the most important improvement is that Rescapp help is shown right at the Rescapp startup.

Finally I want to thank cjg67 for his work on improving Rescapp documentation grammar. And I also want to thank eris23 from linuxtracker community who has uploaded many times the Rescatux isos to the torrent site.

Rescatux 0.72 beta 8 features new Rescapp icon and many other improvements

What’s new on Rescatux

  • Make sure to use new Rescapp icon

What’s new on Rescapp

  • Added PUBLISH instructions.
  • Removed non English translations from internal documentation.
  • winmbr option is now stable.
  • Local documentation build process has been improved to be based on a template.
  • Add experimental logo to Rescapp about page.
  • Added new Rescapp desktop icons and a window icon.
  • AFD Scanning technology has been improved with new United States of Spain gimmick.
  • Show Rescapp help right at the Rescapp startup.
  • Many plugins documentations have been updated to match 2019 gui

Known bugs

  • Documentation is lacking on many of the options.
  • Grub menu does not have an auto detect boot entry

Rescatux 0.72-beta7 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta7 ISO (688 MB)
MD5SUM: d2b8b061b8956a1c909d8d7da822f0ef

Summary

This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on December 2019. That’s about one month ago.

This new version has two major improvements. Startup wizard has an option to just use default values and skip all the questions. The second one is that options (the ones which hadn’t been reworked yet) have been reworked so that they manage devices like hard disks not being found properly.

Rescatux 0.72 beta 7 with the improved startup wizard

What’s new on Rescatux

  • Startup wizard has an option to just use default values
  • New 2019 December background
  • Enable customizations thanks to optional make_common.custom file.

What’s new on Rescapp

  • Removed no longer needed sip module dependency
  • Completed handling of not found partitions of files
  • Minor improvements

Known bugs

  • Documentation is lacking on many of the options.

Rescatux 0.72-beta6 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta6 ISO (688 MB)
(Torrent)MD5SUM: e0a66fc2d7209ee8e997e93e0dd6c882

Summary

This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on November 2019. That’s about three weeks ago.

This new version has two major improvements. Extra xorg packages have been added so that more videocards are supported in Rescatux without having to use the non-free Rescatux. The second one is that many options have been reworked so that they manage devices like hard disks not being found properly.

Rescatux 0.72-beta6

Note: If you don’t like the current background please contribute to 2019 Background should be improved issue .

What’s new on Rescatux

  • Added extra xorg packages to match official Debian live cd ones

What’s new on Rescapp

  • Minor inxi improvements
  • Check for Hexchat binary
  • Handle non found devices properly on many options

Known bugs

  • Unknown behavior when some steps fail (e.g. no hard disks are found) on some options.

Rescatux 0.72-beta4 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta4 ISO (685 MB)
(Torrent)MD5SUM: c48f16fc0c509c7b6c682893debad2fb

Summary

This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on October 2019. That’s about three weeks ago.

This new version checks for Gparted, Photorec and Testdisk before running them. A new option called System Info Script based on Inxi has been added. In order to improve usability a generic documentation page for non-documented options has been added. Finally bootinfoscript has been updated to use Debian’s package instead of the outdated custom embedded bootinfoscript.

New Inxi option

Note: If you don’t like the current background please contribute to 2019 Background should be improved issue .

What’s new on Rescatux

  • New 2019 November background

What’s new on Rescapp

  • Gparted, Photorec and Testdisk are now checked before running them
  • Add an specific non-documented documentation page.
  • Added System Info Script (Inxi) option
  • bootinfoscript was updated to use system’s installed bootinfoscript

Known bugs

  • Unknown behavior when some steps fail (e.g. no hard disks are found).

Rescatux 0.72-beta2 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta2 ISO (685 MB)
(Torrent)MD5SUM: 19280b16ca8374fb1ee9164a77f6d6e9

Summary

This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on October 2019. That’s about two weeks ago.

This new version puts Gparted back into the iso and updates to Rescapp 0.54b2 which features two important usability updates: An status label will show if an options is ready to start, running or finished. And a new messages box will show every step the option is performing highlighting the most important ones in bold. No more flickering of fast status messages pop-ups as it happened in earlier versions.

Additionally the user is driven first to click into the options to read their manuals and to read the manuals carefully before clicking the Run! button.

Rescapp 0.54b2 highlights important steps in bold

Note: If you don’t like the current background please contribute to 2019 Background should be improved issue .

What’s new on Rescatux

  • Gparted is installed again
  • Make sure log files are open with leafpad program.

What’s new on Rescapp

  • More compact UI
  • Added rescapp title and version to the main UI
  • Advice to choose an option to read its manual
Rescapp 0.54b2 main screen improvements
  • After selecting an option it shows its name in the option screen
  • Advice to read the manual before hitting run on the option screen
Rescapp 0.54b2 advises you to read the manual
  • New status label shows the option being ready to run, running or finished
Rescapp 0.54b2 status label blinking ‘Running.’
  • New messages box that show the actions the option is performing
  • New simple logs containing only steps performed by the option

Known bugs

  • Unknown behavior when some steps fail (e.g. no hard disks are found).