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Finally the complete nightmare of pop-ups that were shown when an option is run have been replaced by nice coloured scrolling messages.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

Download

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

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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

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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

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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).

Rescatux 0.72-beta1 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta1 ISO (673 MB)
(Torrent)MD5SUM: 0950dcca0256fb1a9bfbb8c06da55b3a

Summary

This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on May 2019. That’s about five months ago.

This new version features two important fixes: Now Grub recovery in tmpfs enabled distributions such as Ubuntu will work again. Some uefi systems with secure boot disabled that happened to crashed Rescapp no longer crash it.

Additionally Rescapp menu has been reworked. Finally Rescatux live cd uefi boot menu and bios boot menu have been reworked.

There’s an ongoing joke on the Internet on fixing someone else writing something wrong on the Internet. Hopefully our new background is ugly enough for someone to reach us on 2019 Background should be improved issue and correct us.

Rescatux 0.72-beta1 new background

What’s new on Rescatux

  • Added xterm package so that external programs can be opened from within rescapp
  • Move testdisk package dependency from Rescapp to Rescatux
  • New background and associated boot menues improved
  • Based on Debian Buster which now it’s officially stable

What’s new on Rescapp

Rescatux 0.72-beta1 featuring Rescapp 0.54b1
  • Added Xterm self test
  • There’s no longer a back button. Improved menu.
  • Fixed: Non secure boot UEFI mode make rescapp to crash before its menu.
  • Do not mount neither the root partition nor the tmp partition when performing chroot grub operations.
    That reenables being able to fix Ubuntu grub properly.
  • Rescapp was ported from python2 to python3
  • Improved compatibility with Fedora (Big thanks to cjg67)
  • Removed gddrescue and myrescue dependencies
  • Move testdisk package dependency from Rescapp to Rescatux
  • Move gparted package dependency from Rescapp to Rescatux
  • Add missing filesystem dependencies (debian package)
  • INSTALL: Added optional debian package runtime requirements

Known bugs

  • Gparted package is not installed. So trying to start it from the expert tools option will fail.

Rescatux 0.71-beta7 – Not a review

Rescatux 0.71-beta7 – Not a review

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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 πŸ˜‰ . 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!

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!

    Rescatux 0.41 beta 1 released

    Rescatux 0.41 beta 1 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:

    Rescatux 0.41b1 size is about 672 Megabytes.

    Some thoughts:

    I couldn’t have released an stable Rescatux without UEFI options so I had to add them. So here there are. Please test them and give us feedback either on the mailing list or in the bugs. Depending on how these new options replace Boot Repair functionality I will remove it from Rescatux. Many people, somehow, are using Boot Repair inside Rescatux while we don’t support it and that should be fixed in the next Rescatux stable release.

    This new beta release comes with new exciting UEFI options:

    • Update UEFI order
    • Create a new UEFI Boot entry
    • UEFI Partition Status
    • Fake Microsoft Windows UEFI
    • Hide Microsoft Windows UEFI
    • Reinstall Microsoft Windows EFI
    • Check UEFI Boot

    You can take a look at the new UEFI options on Rescatux – New UEFI options explained video (The video is a live session, it was not scripted in advance, and that means that it might be longer than needed and maybe boring. You have been warned πŸ˜‰ . )

    The Youtube description has the specific links for each one of the options.

    I will explain these in detail here. This will probably go into the features page in the future.

    * New option: Update UEFI order option
    ** Show all available UEFI boot entries and lets you order them
    
    * New option: Create a new UEFI Boot entry.
    ** Select an EFI file among those present in the ESP partition and add them to the UEFI boot
    ** Make it the default boot entry
    
    * New option: UEFI Partition Status to know if an ESP partition is a proper ESP partition or not
    ** Checks if fdisk detects it as an esp partition
    ** Checks esp flag on the partition
    ** Checks boot flag on the partition
    ** Checks if there's a valid filesystem (fat12,fat16 or fat32) on the partition
    ** Checks if the partition can be mounted
    ** Checks if the partition' hard disk type is either gpt or msdos
    
    * New option:  Fake Microsoft Windows UEFI boot entry
    ** Select an EFI file and overwrite the Microsoft EFI files
    ** Rename it to 'Windows Boot Manager' too.
    
    * New option: Hide Microsoft Windows UEFI boot entry and define default fallback one.
    ** Select an EFI file and overwrite the default EFI one
    ** Make sure to delete the default Microsoft Windows ones
    ** This should be useful for fault UEFIs as the HP EliteBook 8460p or HP EliteBook 8460p laptops
    
    * New option: Reinstall Microsoft Windows EFI
    ** It copies UEFI files from Windows installation into EFI System Partiton (ESP)
    ** It adds a new 'Windows Boot Manager' entry and makes it the default one.
    ** Unfortunately this option is unable to regenerate BCD so it's only useful when you only overwrite or lose the UEFI files
    

    There haven been also many usability improvements to make the life of the final user easier:

    * Now EFI System partitions are shown properly in the Rescapp menues
    * Now partition types are shown in partition dialogs in the Rescapp menues
    * Now partition flags are shown in partition dialogs in the Rescapp menues
    * Now partition os-prober long names are shown in partition dialogs in the Rescapp menues
    * Show 'Unknown GNU/Linux distro' if we ever fail to parse an /etc/issue file.
    * order.py: Usability improvement. When moving entries the last entry moved keeps selected.
    
    * Rescatux width has been increased to 800 pixels.
    * Added AFD scanning tecnology adapted for Spanish systems.
    * Many grubeasy option improvements (Now handles UEFI too)
    

    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

    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.

     

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    • 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.

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