Super Grub(2) Disk: More than 3,5 million downloads since 2005

Super Grub2 Disk has recently achieved 500,000 downloads on cenatic forge.

I am going to share with you some numbers from old Super Grub Disk, new Super Grub2 Disk and older forges.

  • Thanks to a friend who hosted the web server around 2006, 2007 I setup a tiki-wiki page and counted the downloads on : 53,166 downloads. This was Super Grub Disk probably when I still did not use variables but pre-made constants in many many grub files.
  • Spanish Junta de Extremadura setup a forge specially aimed at Linex project.  Thank you forjamari people once again! I joined them around 2008. No GRUB2 was widely available so this is still Super Grub Disk : 1,603,685 downloads.
  • Then there was a time when Super Grub Disk was self hosted and with four more mirrors. I remember Benjamin and a French guy. Sorry I cannot thank you all properly.
  • Finally I found Berlios where  there are both Super Grub Disk and Super Grub2 Disk downloads: 1,504,207 .

So if we sum up downloads for both Super Grub Disk and Super Grub2 Disk we get: 504,739 + 53,166 + 1,603,685 + 1,504,207 =



It’s difficult to compute a most exact figure. Downloads from when Super Grub Disk had mirrors need to be added. Torrent downloads also. Third party file download site dowloads, et caetera. I let you, the current Super Grub(2) Disk and Rescatux user to imagine it.

Hopefully some years into the future we can see a similar figure for Rescatux 😉 .

You might be interested in reading the Super Grub Disk is outdated post and also the last Super Grub2 Disk release: Super Grub2 Disk 2.00s2 where I thank the current Super Grub2 Disk collaborators and developers whom I almost forgot to thank in this article.

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Super Grub Disk 0.9800 April Fools Day archived

In order not to frighten anyone else anymore I’ve decided to archive the Super Grub Disk 0.9800 April Fools Day release. Thanks to the Spanish Zimbra experts bTactic for the hosting.

I had waited some time because the file was going to be replicated into SF from berlios but it hasn’t. We will have to debug this issue later. Not to say that the next thing I am going to do is to remove the release download from berlios and some other important sites where they reference to it.

Happy 2012 April Fools’ Day

Update 1st April 2015 : You might be wondering why in 2015 or a later year you are suffering this same joke even without using Super Grub Disk 0.9800 version. The reason is that latest Super Grub2 Disk versions integrate this special functionality but it only triggers on April 1st days unlike the 0.9800 version joke which was triggered everyday.

He, he he! XD

If you have tried Super Grub Disk 0.9800 yesterday you will have noticed that were unable to write NO when asked if you wanted to delete your partitions and folders.

You might have been asked to delete your WINDOWS folder:





Or you might have been asked to delete some of your Gnu/Linux files:





Just to find that MFSTH4CK3R wanted to delete your stupid LAINUX TOY OS.









But finally it was just an April Fools Day joke:





Some more facts about the joke:

  • This is not Super Grub Disk (based on Grub1) but Super Grub2 Disk.
  • The script was designed to find no more than 23 folders or so… that meant that you would be only suffering for about 40 seconds.
  • 40 seconds time was choosen so that people didn’t have time to press ctrl+alt+del
  • 40 seconds time was choosen so that could use the disk as SG2D anyways (Having to wait till it loops into all your hard disks and filesystems is not funny the third time you see it).
  • I sent the release to Freecode (freshmeat) March 31 but instead of being published on April 1 it get published in March 31.
  • I also sent the piece of news to Barrapunto (the Spanish slashdot).
  • I don’t have time to resurrect SGD and it makes no sense with Grub2 having scripting and so on.
  • There happens to be a patch for Grub1 to make it support btrfs.
  • You can chainload Grub2 from Grub1. (/boot/grub/core.img)
  • Restore Grub2 from Grub1 with an special dd command? Might be. But not sure if it’s even possible.

And that,s it. Now I have to decide if I remove the SGD 0.9800 release of if I left it there so that I can drive people to Super Grub2 Disk and Rescatux.

Super Grub Disk 0.9800 released

Super Grub Disk 0.9800 Cdrom / USB Mirror #1

Super Grub Disk 0.9800 Source Code

I was a bit of nostalgic and in last two weeks I’ve been fighting myself with a virtualised Debian Lenny and gcc-3.3 to make build Grub1 and Super Grub Disk with it.

Here are the new features. How said that Grub1 was dead?

  • Chainloads Grub2 stage so that you can boot Grub2 systems.
  • Grub1 patched to support btrfs
  • Restores Grub2 with custom dd command

Hope you like it!

Ah, I forgot, with a little trick of assembler I’ve made the disk to be both usable for cdrom and usb. You can use the USB Super Grub2 Disk instructions in order to put it into a USB. Remember that you will loose all the USB contents because we’re using dd instead of the old Grub1 root and setup commands which could preserve the USB filesystem.