Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s3-beta4 released

2.06s3-beta4 adds many translations and new features such as BTRFS support, Linux from /boot partition, partition labels and support for booting GNU/Hurd and ReactOS.

Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s3-beta4 is here.

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

A new beta release

This new version is packed with many new features. New Hungarian, Traditional Chinese, Polish and Japanese translations. Debian and Ubuntu secureboot binaries have been updated so that they properly work on updated or recent UEFIs. (Fix) Force to update devices after enabling native disk drivers. Added BTRFS support all over Super Grub2 Disk (Thanks to thermon!). Fixed the use of unicode.pf2. grub.cfg files are now searched at EFI partitions. diskpartchainboot.cfg: Fix quoted label. Operating System specific options: EFI, FreeBSD, FreeDOS, Linux, Mac OS X, MSDOS, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Vista (and newer). New Operating Systems: GNU/Hurd, ReactOS and Linux from /boot partition. Partition labels. Overall redesign. Refactor unicode font file generation.

Feedback on Arch GNU/Hurd is welcome because the current implementation is based on Debian GNU/Hurd.

Feedback on SecureBoot support is welcome.

I plan to release this same code as an stable release in about a month so please if something worked for you before in a previous Super Grub2 Disk version and it no longer works for you please report.

You can give us feedback in github issues page so that we can fix it properly. Please specify the exact filename you are using.

Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s2-beta1 – SecureBoot quick Demo



Please remember that there has been a renaming of Super Grub2 Disk files. So filenames with ‘classic’ on them means that they do NOT support SecureBoot.

Enjoy the beta and, once again, please give us feedback to report us if it works ok or not for you.

New Change SecureBoot vendor menu from the main menu
New Change SecureBoot vendor menu
New Operating System specific boot options

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

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

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

Tour

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

Features

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

  • Change the language UI
  • Translated in several languages.
    • Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional)
    • Finnish / Suomi
    • French / Français
    • German / Deutsch
    • Hungarian
    • Italian / Italiano
    • Japanese
    • Malay / Bahasa Melayu
    • Polish
    • Russian
    • Spanish / Español
Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

  • Detect and show boot methods option to detect most Operating Systems
Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality

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

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

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

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

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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






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

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

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s3-beta4

    USB Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-2.06s3-beta4-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Recommended. Secure boot enabled. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS partition so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.
    Download CLASSIC supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Secure boot non enabled. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS partition so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.

    CD-ROM Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download CLASSIC supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-multiarch-CD.iso
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-i386_pc-CD.iso
    i386 and x86_64 Old BIOS (non UEFI) systems only.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-i386_efi-CD.iso
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Standalone Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s3-beta4-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Misc

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Source Code (Git repo)
    N/A Let’s you build Super Grub2 Disk on non supported archs.
    Download super_grub2_disk_2.06s3-beta4.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a zip file. For offline people.

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

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release or you can check checksums right here:

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    SHA1SUMS

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    SHA256SUMS

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    Changelog (since former 2.06s2-beta1 release)

    Changes since 2.06s2-beta1 version:


    • Added Hungarian translation



    • Oliver Tzeng (1):

    • Added Traditional Chinese translation



    • Osamu Aoki (1):

    • Added Japanese translation



    • adrian15 (67):

    • DEVELOPMENT.md – New section: How to update Secure Boot Binaries.

    • download-x64-debian was updated to use Debian 12 (Bookworm) Grub 2.06

    • download-x64-debian: New approach based on simpler variables.

    • download-x64-debian: Update to most recent Bookworm binaries.

    • download-ia32-debian: New approach based on simpler variables.

    • download-ia32-debian: Update to most recent Bookworm binaries.

    • download-x64-ubuntu: New approach based on simpler variables.

    • download-x64-ubuntu: Update to most recent Jammy binaries.

    • Remove secureboot deprecated lines.

    • Fix SecureBoot binaries url so that we can unpack its binaries.

    • Bump version to 2.06s3-beta1.

    • Force to update devices after enabling native disk drivers.

    • Ignore mo files from sgd_locale directory.

    • osdetect.cfg: Extract bootdir variable.

    • osdetect.cfg: initrd_file loop improvement.

    • osdetect.cfg: Added linux_entry_add function.

    • osdetect.cfg: Use linux_entry_add function.

    • osdetect.cfg: Add linux recovery option.

    • cfgdetect.cfg – Multi subvol

    • cfgdetect.cfg – Multi subvol (prettify)

    • cfgextract.cfg – Fixed identation.

    • cfgextract.cfg – Multi subvol

    • cfgextract.cfg – Multi subvol (prettify)

    • osdetect.cfg – Multi subvol

    • osdetect.cfg – Multi subvol (prettify)

    • Show ISO filename before its path.

    • Make sure to install grub-common so that unicode.pf2 can be used.

    • Show boot mode.

    • Search for grub.cfg files at EFI partitions.

    • Fixed grub-install path.

    • Do not end search at EFI files.

    • osdetect.cfg: Actual Linux Kernel boot fix.

    • Fix AUTHORS and COPYING path

    • Fixed Simplified Chinese language name.

    • Bump version to Bump version to 2.06s3-beta2.

    • download-x64-ubuntu: Make sure to use dualsigned image.

    • Bump version to Bump version to 2.06s3-beta3.

    • Added missing forward slashes in cfgdetect and cfgextract.

    • BTRFS – Fixed subvol detection.

    • osdetect.cfg – bootdir has been renamed to bootpath.

    • Linux Filesystem detection refactor

    • osdetect.cfg – Linux entries. Remove extra space.

    • Group Linux entries by basic kernel options.

    • BTRFS – Linux kernel check fixed.

    • grubdetect.cfg – Added BTRFS support.

    • grubdetect.cfg – Change imgs order.

    • autoiso.cfg – Added BTRFS support.

    • diskpartchainboot.cfg: Fix quoted label.

    • New osdetect.cfg batch implementation.

    • osdetect-os.cfg files were added.

    • osdetect-linux.cfg: Group entries by version.

    • osdetect-linux.cfg: Ident special kernel options.

    • osdetect-osx.cfg: Ident special kernel options.

    • osdetect-freebsd.cfg: Ident special kernel options.

    • osdetect-windows-nt.cfg: Ident special boot options.

    • osdetect-windows-vista.cfg: Ident special boot options.

    • Partition labels support.

    • Use partition labels.

    • Added ReactOS boot support.

    • Added Hurd boot support.

    • Show partitions at the very end.

    • Entry found logic is based on string values.

    • Download SecureBoot scripts – Simplify their failure.

    • path_title with custom ident.

    • Boot Linux from /boot partition.

    • osdetect-reactos.cfg: Disable additional ReactOS options.

    • Bump version to 2.06s3-beta4.



    • mk-pmb (1):

    • Refactor unicode font file generation



    • tofilwiktor (1):

    • Added Polish translation

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s2-beta1 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s2-beta1 is here.

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

    A new beta release

    A new beta release which adds SecureBoot support to Super Grub2 Disk. For now Ubuntu (x64) and Debian (ia32 and x64) are only supported, although you can boot into another Distro’s shim (if it’s signed by ‘Microsoft Corporation UEFI CA 2011’) which it’s usually able to boot into its own menu. The specific SecureBoot support aimed at Ubuntu and Debian lets you boot into your Debian or Ubuntu kernels even if there is not shimx64.efi or grub.cfg available in your hard disk. Documentation, specially the developer one, was improved a lot.

    I am supposed to add SecureBoot support for more distros so, please, if you have problems booting into Debian or Ubuntu please try this version ( supergrub2-2.06s2-beta1-multiarch-USB.img.zip ) and give us feedback in github issues page so that we can fix it properly. Please specify the exact filename you are using.

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s2-beta1 – SecureBoot quick Demo



    Additional note just in case it’s not clear enough. There has been a renaming of Super Grub2 Disk files. So filenames with ‘classic’ on them means that they do NOT support SecureBoot.

    Enjoy the beta and, once again, please give us feedback to report us if it works ok or not for you.

    New Change SecureBoot vendor menu from the main menu
    New Change SecureBoot vendor menu
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 - Detect and show boot methods in action
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s5 – Detect and show boot methods in action
    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu
    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk main menu
    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
    Chinese Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems
    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu
    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk main menu
    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk - Detect all Operating Systems
    Finnish Super Grub2 Disk – Detect all Operating Systems

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

    • Change the language UI
    • Translated into several languages
      • Spanish / Español
      • German / Deutsch
      • French / Français
      • Italian / Italiano
      • Malay / Bahasa Melayu
      • Russian
      • Finnish / Suomi
      • Chinese
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    • Detect and show boot methods option to detect most Operating Systems
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 beta 3 Everything menu making use of grub.cfg extract entries option functionality

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

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

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

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

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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






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

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

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s2-beta1

    USB Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-2.06s2-beta1-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Recommended. Secure boot enabled. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS partition so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.
    Download CLASSIC supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Secure boot non enabled. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS partition so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.

    CD-ROM Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download CLASSIC supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-multiarch-CD.iso
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-i386_pc-CD.iso
    i386 and x86_64 Old BIOS (non UEFI) systems only.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-i386_efi-CD.iso
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Standalone Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download supergrub2-classic-2.06s2-beta1-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Misc

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Source Code (Git repo)
    N/A Let’s you build Super Grub2 Disk on non supported archs.
    Download super_grub2_disk_2.06s2-beta1.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a zip file. For offline people.
    Everything in a TORRENT
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a torrent file. For offline people.

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

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

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    SHA1SUMS

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    SHA256SUMS

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    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.06s1-beta2 version:

    • Added how-to-contribute-to-secureboot.d.md file.
    • Make sure to ignore secureboot.d/sha256s directory.
    • Docker builders: Make sure to include wget in the images.
    • SecureBoot: New download-x64-default script.
    • supergrub-mkcommon: Add bash shebang so that automatic highlighting works
    • SecureBoot: Download secureboot efis functionality.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure to add the SecureBoot source code to the final Super Grub2 Disk source directory.
    • SecureBoot: Enable SecureBoot Hybrid USB build.
    • SecureBoot: vendor typo
    • SecureBoot: Another way of stating that Debian is the default vendor.
    • SecureBoot: Added explanation on new description file.
    • SecureBoot: Add download script for IA32 Debians SecureBoot files.
    • SecureBoot: Add download script for X64 Ubuntus SecureBoot files.
    • SecureBoot: Add download script for X64 Ubuntus SecureBoot files. (zstd support)
    • SecureBoot: Added zstd binaries for helping to unpack Ubuntu binaries.
    • SecureBoot: Make the SecureBoot image bigger than the NonSecureBoot one so that we can have plenty of SecureBoot vendors.
    • SecureBoot: New SecureBoot menu
    • SecureBoot: Make sure SecureBoot binaries have the correct user owners.
    • supergrub-sourcecode: vendor typo.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure that secureboot-binaries directory is mapped to the host.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure that secureboot.d/sha256sums directory is mapped to the host.
    • Make sure to ignore sha256sums directory.
    • SecureBoot: Use sha256sums folder to avoid downloading binaries again.
    • SecureBoot: Correct secureboot-sha256sum-check call syntax.
    • SecureBoot: Correct SecureBoot sha256sum filenames so that they are vendor specific too.
    • SecureBoot: Do not show sha256sum output.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure to handle wget failure so that sha256sum files are not created.
    • SecureBoot: download-x64-ubuntu http typo.
    • SecureBoot: Add long descriptions to the Change SecureBoot vendor menu.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure that non SecureBoot usb version is now the classic one.
    • SecureBoot: Add a SecureBoot enabled cdrom too.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure non SecureBoot images have classic string on them.
    • SecureBoot: Make that SecureBoot CD is actually SecureBoot.
    • SecureBoot: Disable SecureBoot CD build for now.
    • SecureBoot: Make sure to generate SecureBoot sourcecode.
    • Remove non used line in supergrub-checksums-in-one-file
    • Make sure big checksum files have the relative path for their files.
    • INSTALL: Make sure that the automatic build uses all of the needed directories.
    • DEVELOPMENT, INSTALL reorganisation.
    • Remove NEWS file which it is no longer used.
    • Rename documentation files into markdown versions.
    • README improvements.
    • README improvements. (2)
    • Make sure that releases and news-releases directory are in the repo.
    • Make sure that secureboot-binaries directory is in the repo.
    • TEST.md was rewritten.
    • TRANSLATION.md was rewritten.
    • Some markdown links were fixed.
    • SGDBUILDER uid and gid can now be changed.
    • INSTALL.md: Expected released files were added.
    • DEVELOPMENT.md: Explain how to test Super Grub2 Disk SecureBoot image.
    • Bump version to 2.06s2-beta1.

    Changes since 2.04s2-beta2 version:

    • Update supergrub-mkcommon functions to be able to build gpt based images.
    • menulstdetect does not need to use regexp module.
    • Make sure to use regexp on autoiso. Fixes #46 .
    • Move ‘GRUB Loopback Config’ from isos to the end. It’s easier to read longer iso names now.
    • Show when each menu is build with its date. Fixes #44 .
    • Make sure cfg files do not have execution bit
    • Disk and partitions: Handle empty label properly.
    • Merge pull request #49 from mk-pmb/uncontroversial_indentation_fixes
    • New Docker build system
    • grub-build-config: Switch to Grub 2.06 version.
    • April Fools Day prank was removed.
    • Docker: Use PREVIOUS_VERSION as the environment variable when the docker is run.
    • Docker: Make sure that devices work seamlessly.
    • Bump version to 2.06s2-beta1.
    • mk-pmb (5):
    • Nicer dates/times for “Detect boot methods”
    • Marcel’s authorship attribution
    • Cleanup: Remove trailing whitespaces
    • Cleanup: Fix mixed tab/space indentations
    • Cleanup: Normalize indentations to two spaces

    Changes since 2.04s1 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s10 version:

    • Use grub-2.04 upstream grub2 tag

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2 is here.

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

    A new beta release

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

     

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

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

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.06s1-beta2

    USB Bootable Images

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

    CD-ROM Bootable Images

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

    Standalone Images

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

    Misc

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

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

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

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

    SHA1SUMS

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

    SHA256SUMS

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

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.04s2-beta2 version:

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

    Changes since 2.04s1 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s10 version:

    • Use grub-2.04 upstream grub2 tag

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s2-beta2 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s2-beta2 is here.

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

    A new beta release

    This new release features a new usb based image which lets you carry your loopback.cfg enabled distros in a second partition. Power users will be glad to learn that you can edit any Super Grub2 Disk file and make bigger the ISOs partition. Filenaming scheme for released files was improved. Finally Korean translation was added.

     

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

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

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s2-beta2

    USB Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Recommended. Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems. Includes additional BOOTISOS so that you can carry your loopback.cfg enabled distributions with you.

    CD-ROM Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit and 32-bit systems and also old BIOS systems.
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
    i386 and x86_64 Old BIOS (non UEFI) systems only.
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Standalone Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Misc

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Source Code (Git repo)
    N/A Let’s you build Super Grub2 Disk on non supported archs.
    Download super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a zip file. For offline people.
    Everything in a TORRENT
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a torrent file. For offline people.

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

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

    8ea03a225a239837fdc77dc50e2e3396  super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2.zip
    3e4122add9256d7d7d03831fd48b78c5  super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
    9a40ded5cdeeb2d5fabd91aaa870a1e5  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
    1bf7fa5858e5abf805ab5a18b7b29780  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    6220cea1205ea3acd5417b5c0be866ee  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
    968826f225bd0645a2d893e274c24175  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
    9cf23233cf70afad842d7ee9c29e46fb  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    4c34d123b3ab89f6c895694af32256a3  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
    cd909f60c57fdb87a1f0f9c7e7ce27ac  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    

    SHA1SUMS

    215a27eb48fcd6546278413016116dae33bbf7b7  super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2.zip
    a650c5181363bda863230436eac4fd10df176764  super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
    4cd05a9417838b6ac183149f943b378b8d72faa8  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
    5e9c8e5d5197f54cc708b61cbc64c20fb012dfe2  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    d64b1cdd8d23dcce0c41cbc41357f78369348d39  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
    2b1a2654d68efb6c55f2aa256658a0d571deb893  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
    9d954f402bbc177f4bcb78f8a0428292a8245def  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    af2ba56447eeab0fb916f2bb3e5fa9e972f5d349  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
    3385be38de87b5012bd9eed140d98e9f3a55f2d7  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    

    SHA256SUMS

    263cc337b1e34bc958dcdd9a4b9748d05cfa9ee5f6e26c2cc153b16a01a1b8b1  super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2.zip
    9e0b054bc2439c4662b65d566ae7f3e14dadb9eb00bc1034154810d8e4bedd7c  super_grub2_disk_2.04s2-beta2_source_code.tar.gz
    39816ecfc579bb2859d5d78c697411b7d7b10af05eef2ab95dd4d93d25a53a6c  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-CD.iso
    22f7faaa6d83f699838961d65997fc0df460b07ea2c8da3b677f7693972ab26a  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    3b479c455a9dec4ae4607b2031c1967f36f81cb9d97e24c46bc3dcdf38510f08  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-i386_pc-CD.iso
    74c1719a3ec425a33e64000d75169fc5923eac73d46761cbbf5c4b74cf737ffa  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-CD.iso
    56e51549e88f09d07562b221b51ad2a88d1ccdaba78f5c803d7b70f44777f3f1  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-multiarch-USB.img.zip
    9903a5bbfd2baf7a11c40324f49a3821be2e34bb8316095c0055bce37295d20e  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-CD.iso
    ca79c0027f059ac038e1da1455c77d84c5669b3a07792fff09dc5cd3771a0a90  supergrub2-2.04s2-beta2-x86_64_efi-STANDALONE.EFI
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.04s1 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s10 version:

    • Use grub-2.04 upstream grub2 tag

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s1 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s1 is here.

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

    A new stable release

    This new release features new upstream grub 2.04. Some of the grub 2.04 features which might be or might not be reflected on the SG2D UI are:

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

     

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

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

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s1

    CD/USB/HD Bootable Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04s1.iso
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Ideal for everyone. Recommended.
    Download super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04s1.iso
    i386 and x86_64 Old BIOS (non UEFI) systems only.
    Download super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.iso
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04s1.iso
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Standalone Images

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Download super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    x86_64-efi Modern UEFI 64-bit systems only.
    Download super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    i386-efi Modern UEFI 32-bit systems only. Also known as ia-32.

    Misc

    Download Supported archs Notes
    Source Code (Git repo)
    N/A Let’s you build Super Grub2 Disk on non supported archs.
    Download super_grub2_disk_2.04s1.zip
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a zip file. For offline people.
    Everything in a TORRENT
    i386, x86_64, i386-efi and x86_64-efi Every binary and source code inside a torrent file. For offline people.

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

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

    3cd636aaa5418b7bfc81cde36098e153  super_grub2_disk_2.04s1_source_code.tar.gz
    7547168a534cca7cea819349f886e492  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04s1.iso
    dc15f00af0ecb13859ae88e69edfcfa8  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04s1.iso
    d5963058f2cb8693ba6a17c9d913bdae  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04s1.iso
    b3a9778fd588334ed1ce0b4ae4f1e99c  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    e8f7873d16849c7257b3ea2da04f152f  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    ecf00e7a4501bbae14452831f1f0cc6f  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.iso
    7e69801ecc6b73ccd2b563e58cf6e84d  super_grub2_disk_2.04s1.zip
    

    SHA1SUMS

    95692272ae7c290154bb3a774080d826aec45df3  super_grub2_disk_2.04s1_source_code.tar.gz
    a7880034e1c3867d1b696b9ffb55451407f04175  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04s1.iso
    afc9a4a1d8945df963c46a6fa98c61d50f86dbfc  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04s1.iso
    d4cba6c9778480283ce54df1c3e5aabbe3caff61  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04s1.iso
    c9d5c898c080fa93430617dfcadf864cdde4e3b7  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    5ffe3e2cedf90ffa9f75937d1897905bff6ce369  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    e3678f1161d2a3fd188a4275d298c7e03411bc4d  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.iso
    bdacf9de3af569188f32ae35cad65bf9dd9a163a  super_grub2_disk_2.04s1.zip
    

    SHA256SUMS

    d471b8bc16ecf70cf715506463e07afe9e4cd3b7127f7d1ce6e038f1dd2e4d59  super_grub2_disk_2.04s1_source_code.tar.gz
    a72eddad240c072105847a404e2af0541ee39d61919eb712242b3797e953f3b6  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.04s1.iso
    c72a7d32fea825c970a8d2941e725932ddef717727e3348a700e453ca5313b26  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.04s1.iso
    1c45a79c43904a3cc53214fa6ba23a0dc42e4960fa10433922d6a8995bdf43a3  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.04s1.iso
    5262b3ba85c1c381288e6ae4a0647a8d2a8bbfd93699b6cedd5dfbe97470e36e  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    9adf5400715f10479d760ba7cc18515f5493341a814507c1e2797cd2394441da  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.EFI
    acb8a944ca3ec64bfad3956df5199efab8613006036196b82d744981241cd300  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.04s1.iso
    bf7604bd27e74e6346090f1f7b493783230abe91e4795400a5d747180eaa558a  super_grub2_disk_2.04s1.zip
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s10 version:

    • Use grub-2.04 upstream grub2 tag

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04rc1s1 beta 4 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.04rc1s1 beta 4 is here.

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

    A new beta release

    This new releases features new upstream grub 2.04rc1 which includes

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

     

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

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

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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






             

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

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

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

    In order to check the former downloads you can either check the download directory page for this release or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

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

    SHA1SUMS

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

    SHA256SUMS

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

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s10 version:

    • Use grub-2.04-rc1 upstream grub2 tag

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 stable is here.

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

    A new stable release

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd

        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected

        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
        • FreeBSD
          • FreeBSD (single)
          • FreeBSD (verbose)
          • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
          • FreeBSD (safe mode)
          • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
        • EFI files
        • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

    • Non English translations are not completed

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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







     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

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

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

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

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

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

    SHA1SUMS

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

    SHA256SUMS

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

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10-beta5 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s10 beta 5 is here.

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

    A new beta release

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd

        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected

        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
        • FreeBSD
          • FreeBSD (single)
          • FreeBSD (verbose)
          • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
          • FreeBSD (safe mode)
          • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
        • EFI files
        • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

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

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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







     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

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

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

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

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

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    df2ae8e455eec3214a8e8442a2ce4d3b  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    5c693e788d82b32f6485163956636fd4  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    d7b4a0127a7a1afaa78bf2ea75d4fb77  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    b50709fadf5c7981c335652b0be0aa01  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10-beta5.EFI
    4572e26065bb8a35920c5b506b9ab702  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10-beta5.EFI
    3793dbca3a0531c7ecdabf952e107053  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    051ac1e54b03e1da3827e75530654d2a  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10-beta5.zip
    

    SHA1SUMS

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    069334163333c7c98564b954748d52b5a7ef74c9  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    1eda352925905f7e5178fa7be1bb0baca965d998  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    8cac71f411a6ca92e770c7e8afd3dda7e1bb8b0c  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    15a47aa4dca5d1e2879d8bcb659e98d28834a7f1  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s10-beta5.EFI
    0af49222ff459a963dfd0394c5d04aed4c603080  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10-beta5.EFI
    dad28f36810ea509554fcf1dbfb03eb6a7fd5b7f  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    55afdd21b2506c9f3c13faeaf91982338dda2cb6  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10-beta5.zip
    

    SHA256SUMS

    9b453587228a45af79252691eb7960dc5bad1b4343dc59fc22f8fcd458a9fa3b  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10-beta5_source_code.tar.gz
    94d72c78ac1e2d60f9793ce25a4dbb956235f8ddf31ed10f3bcfc171e873007a  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    1d0ccb963b474c56467a89462b893d93d4de4e2e8f0fbd683670467b5431cd16  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    cb761f8ada9b429945d47126f85ba11d7174e6a0444a855b7f914ba7413dc465  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s10-beta5.iso
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    6840d154a43a66e11c40c84dc71ae488a814cbe626070c4bdded8581cf6b2969  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s10-beta5.EFI
    77789a719e04066cba964962d74a31875724c00d38b68d4351534d0196bdd171  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s10-beta5.iso
    bdd032f2efad3761869aaaf4135b79c5407aac263a8967ac91e76673a3cddd75  super_grub2_disk_2.02s10-beta5.zip
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s9 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s9 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s9 stable is here.

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

    A new stable release

    The former Super Grub2 Disk stable release was 2.02s8 version and released on March 2017 (2 months ago) . New features or changes since previous stable version are:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02 . This is the final stable 2.02 upstream Grub release.
    • Added Chinese translation (Thanks to shankerwangmiao)
    • Added Finnish translation (Thanks to tavallinenvirtanen7)
    • supergrub-release-news helps release team to generate a template for its news.
    • Added supergrub-release-changes to help with the release team.
    • Rename ‘(GRUB2 installation (even if mbr is overwritten))’ to: ‘(GRUB2 installation)’

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd

        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected

        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
        • FreeBSD
          • FreeBSD (single)
          • FreeBSD (verbose)
          • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
          • FreeBSD (safe mode)
          • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
        • EFI files
        • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

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

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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







     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

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

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

  • Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s9 Everything TORRENT
  • Hashes

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

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

    a4bfea81accf0ccee69191c79012b129  super_grub2_disk_2.02s9_source_code.tar.gz
    d9e8be4ee74e3b78e780395872f0831b  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s9.iso
    b26f9c41b6e8e9cb154c43ffcee62637  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s9.iso
    f4c11d203332ca9ab16694f1b4dbf424  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s9.iso
    91c292217748205ace3ec653e2d87f93  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s9.EFI
    349de6f324d53660cf72b859c6d8a6d8  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s9.EFI
    e0775f3fc6aad24a02396e08337659a4  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s9.iso
    f88def639336336488639dcfe370fe81  super_grub2_disk_2.02s9.zip
    

    SHA1SUMS

    61b9eff778346159944f120c6e993af8dc7ae6e2  super_grub2_disk_2.02s9_source_code.tar.gz
    33b42792e71a87f62a88147adc6a2abd66e5b61d  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s9.iso
    9a0d4f4b0d1b018c24b2464e9993482274624bdd  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s9.iso
    95d3844859c01068cfc57994476d3aa4140ceb37  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s9.iso
    97065195abacd5139ab31cb78a49abba0f5917e5  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s9.EFI
    b11fd45974f7ddc96367efefe6e05613b2608ff2  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s9.EFI
    b82bb0a4477abd768a219e76412566124df5ea22  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s9.iso
    88c9d368fc1c5eb618738a918a21d3f3a3122f9a  super_grub2_disk_2.02s9.zip
    

    SHA256SUMS

    fec7788e5d2a1bdff9677497333d711c15ac2218e3cfd9cb2d3471f6481922de  super_grub2_disk_2.02s9_source_code.tar.gz
    13857f9b09e26179804b998db5ecbe02634f3e85cf13bb49dec54dd67edbb899  super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s9.iso
    cf06321848168adaf643501185fb4b7132351c10397205c5a68fd060f3ae3cfa  super_grub2_disk_i386_efi_2.02s9.iso
    095e1d665e5d492d2626c95a296f2f2c8d4ea2777d0cbfce2f06df48089c0e91  super_grub2_disk_i386_pc_2.02s9.iso
    b63f8afaa7843bc5ca92e7313a310d4ee93e269858a4ed5c14227afe0eb52d9d  super_grub2_disk_standalone_i386_efi_2.02s9.EFI
    886307c86b580f1df173692e1f3d9487724d49bd16e97f3c2e8458244592418c  super_grub2_disk_standalone_x86_64_efi_2.02s9.EFI
    5169b36ffffddb43e7a5f9e273b7be6cacd8f469ecb5288c48d6a8d27c750c95  super_grub2_disk_x86_64_efi_2.02s9.iso
    46d953b494c0963db4670ffbaa02e3d2a67a1ff46b5d9298a4bdbbf3e17c522e  super_grub2_disk_2.02s9.zip
    

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s8 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

    Getting help on using Super Grub2 Disk

    More information about Super Grub2 Disk

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s8 released

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.02s8 stable is here.

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

    A new stable release

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tour

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

    Features

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

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

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.01 rc2 Spanish Main Menu

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

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

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

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

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

    Supported Operating Systems

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

    • Windows
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
      • Windows NT/2000/XP
      • Windows 98/ME
      • MS-DOS
      • FreeDOS
    • GNU/Linux
      • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd

        Super Grub2 Disk - Detect any Operating System - Linux kernels detected screenshot
        Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected

        • vmlinuz-*
        • linux-*
        • kernel-genkernel-*
      • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
      • Mageia
      • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
      • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
      • Arch
      • Any many, many, more.
        • FreeBSD
          • FreeBSD (single)
          • FreeBSD (verbose)
          • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
          • FreeBSD (safe mode)
          • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
        • EFI files
        • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit

    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries
    Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 rc4 Mac OS X entries (Image credit to: Smx)

    Support for different hardware platforms

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

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

    Known bugs

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

    Supported Media

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

    Downloads







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

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







     

     

     

     

     

    EFI x86_64 standalone version:

    EFI i386 standalone version:

    CD & USB in one downloads:

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

     

    Source code:

    Everything (All binary releases and source code):

    Hashes

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

    or you can check checksums right here:

    MD5SUMS

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

    SHA1SUMS

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

    SHA256SUMS

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

    Changelog (since former 2.00s2 stable release)

    Changes since 2.02s7 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s6 version:

    • Updated grub 2.02 build to tag: 2.02~rc1

    Changes since 2.02s5 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s4 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s3 version:

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

    Changes since 2.02s2 beta 1 version:

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

    2.02s2 beta 1 changelog:

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

    2.02s1 beta 1 changelog:

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

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

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

    Thank you – Hall of fame

    I want to thank in alphabetical order:

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

    The person who writes this article is adrian15 .

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

    Some thoughts about Super Grub2 Disk development

    Super Grub2 Disk development ideas

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

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

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

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

    Rescatux development

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

    (adrian15 speaking)

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