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).

Rescatux 0.72-beta1 released

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Rescatux 0.72-beta1 ISO (673 MB)
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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.

You deserve 7 more years of beta-testing

Last stable Rescatux was in 2012. That’s about 7 years ago.

You know what? I’m a bit upset about many of the Rescatux users.

The main reason is the lack of feedback when things go wrong.

If Rescatux doesn’t do its job then they switch to another tool to recover their boot or gain access back to their system. Nothing but getting back to their computer matters to them.

If we release beta versions of Rescatux is to gain useful feedback to improve the distro for mankind. Rescatux developers (mostly one person at the moment) do not own every machine/computer/hardware out there to test Rescatux isos in all of them.

And they neither have the time to test all of the ways that Rescatux can be boot. Final users have the time because they are using Rescatux anyways.

My last rant about Rescatux users is about them not reporting Rescapp not working ok on Rescatux 0.71-beta7 version when booted in non secure-boot uefi mode. Rescatux is no longer useful in that mode because you never get to experience the full toolkit that Rescapp brings to you in an easy manner.

The average Rescatux user deserves another 7 years of beta-testing.

For the rest of you (you know who you are) thank you for your useful issue reports. Hopefully we can work as a team together and give birth to a new stable Rescatux version soon.

Added new non-free Rescatux download option

If you have some special hardware in your computer/laptop which doesn’t behave correctly with free-as-freedom drivers you might experience problems like:

  • Not getting a graphical desktop but a blank screen.
  • Getting unusable video resolutions.
  • Wifi not working.

In that case you might want to download a non-free version of Rescatux.

There is not such a thing but some instructions on how to run Rescapp on top of non-free Debian live images.

Please use this option as a last resort. By using these methods you are putting your freedom as a computer user at stake.

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 😉 . 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!

Debian Buster feedback on Rescapp needed

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

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

Debian Buster 10 or Testing AMD64 Live CD

or an

Debian Buster 10 or Testing 686 Live CD

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

Ubuntu feedback on Rescapp needed

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

Rescapp program has been rewritten so that:

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

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

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

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial AMD64 Live CD

or an

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful AMD64 Live CD

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

Rescatux 0.51 beta 3 released

Rescatux 0.51 beta 3 has been released.

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

Update UEFI order in action
Update UEFI order in action

Downloads:

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

    Some thoughts:

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

    Important notice:

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

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

    Let’s hope it happens sooner than later.

    Roadmap for Rescatux 0.40 stable release:

    You can check the complete changelog with link to each one of the issues at: Rescatux 0.32-freeze roadmap which I’ll be reusing for Rescatux 0.40 stable release.

    • (Fixed in 0.40b5) [#2192] UEFI boot support
    • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#1323] GPT support
    • (Fixed in 0.40b11) [#1364] Review Copyright notice
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2188] install-mbr : Windows 7 seems not to be fixed with it
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2190] debian-live. Include cpu detection and loopback cfg patches
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b8) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2193] bootinfoscript: Use it as a package
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2199] Btrfs support
    • (Closed in 0.40b1) [#2205] Handle different default sh script
    • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#2216] Verify separated /usr support
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2217] chown root root on sudoers
    • [#2220] Make sure all the source code is available
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2221] Detect SAM file algorithm fails with directories which have spaces on them
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2227] Use chntpw 1.0-1 from Jessie
    • (Fixed in 0.40b1) [#2231] SElinux support on chroot options
    • (Checked in 0.40b11) [#2233] Disable USB automount
    • (Fixed in 0.40b9) [#2236] chntpw based options need to be rewritten for reusing code
    • [#2239]https://www.supergrubdisk.org/wizard-step-put-rescatux-into-a-media/ suppose that the image is based on Super Grub2 Disk version and not Isolinux.The step about extracting iso inside an iso would not be longer needed. Update doc: Put Rescatux into a media for Isolinux based cd
    • (Fixed in: 0.32b2) [#2259] Update bootinfoscript to the latest GIT version
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2264] chntpw – Save prior registry files
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2234] New option: Easy Grub fix
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2235] New option: Easy Windows Admin

    Changes (0.51b3):

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

    New options (0.41b1):

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

    Improved bugs (0.41b1):

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

    Improved bugs (0.40b11):

    • (Improved in 0.40b11) Many source code build improvements
    • (Improved in 0.40b11) Now most options show their progress while running
    • (Improved in 0.40b11) Added a reference to the source code’s README file in the ‘About Rescapp’ option
    • (Improved in 0.40b11) Not detected’ string was renamed to ‘Windows / Data / Other’ because that’s what it usually happens with Windows OSes

    Fixed bugs (0.40b11):

    • (Fixed in 0.40b11) [#1364] Review Copyright notice
    • (Checked in 0.40b11) [#2233] Disable USB automount
    • (Fixed in 0.40b11) Wineasy had its messages fixed (Promote and Unlock were swapped)
    • (Fixed in 0.40b11) Share log function now drops usage of cat to avoid utf8 / ascii problems.
    • (Fixed in 0.40b11) Sanitize ‘Not detected’ and ‘Cannot mount’ messages

    Fixed bugs (0.40b9):

    • (Fixed in 0.40b9) [#2236] chntpw based options need to be rewritten for reusing code
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2264] chntpw – Save prior registry files
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2234] New option: Easy Grub fix
    • (Fixed in: 0.40b9) [#2235] New option: Easy Windows Admin

    Fixed bugs (0.40b8):

    • (Fixed in 0.40b8) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout

    Improved bugs (0.40b7):

    • (Improved in 0.40b7) [#2192] UEFI boot support (Yes, again)

    Improved bugs (0.40b6):

    • (Improved in 0.40b6) [#2192] UEFI boot support

    Fixed bugs (0.40b5):

    • (Fixed in 0.40b5) [#2192] UEFI boot support

    Fixed bugs (0.40b2):

    • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#1323] GPT support
    • (Fixed in 0.40b2) [#2216] Verify separated /usr support

    Fixed bugs (0.40b1):

    • (Fixed in 0.40b1) [#2231] SElinux support on chroot options

    Reopened bugs (0.40b1):

    • (Reopened in 0.40b1) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout

    Fixed bugs (0.32b3):

    • (Fixed in 0.32b3) [#2191] Change Keyboard layout

    Other fixed bugs (0.32b2):

    • Rescatux logo is not shown at boot
    • Boot entries are named “Live xxxx” instead of “Rescatux xxxx”

    Fixed bugs (0.32b1):

    • Networking detection improved (fallback to network-manager-gnome)
    • Bottom bar does not have a shorcut to a file manager as it’s a common practice in modern desktops. Fixed when falling back to LXDE.
    • Double-clicking on directories on desktop opens Iceweasel (Firefox fork) instead of a file manager. Fixed when falling back to LXDE.

    Improvements (0.32b1):

    • Super Grub2 Disk is no longer included. That makes easier to put the ISO to USB devices thanks to standard multiboot tools which support Debian Live cds.
    • Rescapp UI has been redesigned
      • Every option is at hand at the first screen.
      • Rescapp options can be scrolled. That makes it easier to add new options without bothering on final design.
      • Run option screen buttons have been rearranged to make it easier to read.
    • RazorQT has been replaced by LXDE which seems more mature. LXQT will have to wait.
    • WICD has been replaced by network-manager-gnome. That makes easier to connect to wired and wireless networks.
    • It is no longer based on Debian Unstable (sid) branch.

    Distro facts:

    • Packages versions for this release can be found at Rescatux 0.40b11 packages.
    • It’s based mainly on Debian Jessie (Stable). Some packages are from Debian Unstable (sid). Some packages are from Debian stretch.

     

    Don’t forget that you can use:

    Help Rescatux project:

    I think we can expect four months maximum till the new stable Rescatux is ready. Helping on these tasks is appreciated:

    • Making a youtube video for the new options.
    • Make sure documentation for the new options is right.
    • Make snapshots for new options documentation so that they don’t lack images.

    If you want to help please contact us here:

    Thank you and happy download!

    Rescapp 0.51 beta 1 has been released.

    Rescapp 0.51 beta 1 has been released.

    Rescapp is the Rescatux main program. It is a nice wizard that helps you in your rescue tasks.

    For the last few weeks I have been working on separating Rescapp from Rescatux.
    That way Rescapp is an standalone program and can be used on other distros.

    Rescatux build will be also be more elegant.

    This is a source code release so it’s not aimed at final users.

    It’s rather aimed at expert users and GNU/Linux distribution package maintainers.
    Despite the 0.51b1 version this is the first beta release of Rescapp so any feedback is welcome.

    Finally you should note that Rescapp assumes that the user under you run Rescapp can run the sudo command without sudo asking for a password. So you might need to modify your sudoers file.

    For the time being Rescapp and Rescatux will have the same version as their development is highly tied.

    Rescapp links:

    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 😉 . )

    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.
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