Release Notes for Grml 2010.12-rc0 - codename Gebrüder Grml
Grml is a bootable live system (Live-CD) based on Debian. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for system administrators and users of texttools. Grml provides automatic hardware detection. Grml is the perfect rescue system, but you can also use it for analyzing systems/networks or as a working environment. It is not necessary to install anything to a harddisk; you don't even need a harddisk to run it. Due to on-the-fly decompression Grml includes about 2 GB of software and documentation on the live system.
- New Linux kernel version based on 18.104.22.168
- Config-less X to take advantage of X.org's automatic configuration
- Support for Kernel Mode Setting (KMS)
- grml-rescueboot / loopback.cfg feature (note: more details will follow - TODO)
- Initial release of Kantan, an automated testing suite for continuous integration and a test environment; see grml.org/kantan/ for details (not shipped in Grml by default though)
- Incremental grml-rebuildfstab triggered by udev events for faster execution time
Special new features:
- Improved serial console on multiple devices (thanks to Marc Haber)
- vnc_connect bootoption allowing to connect to an existing listening vnc client for NAT traversal. Can be used to connect easily from devices behind firewalls as connection is initiated from the vnc server instead of the vnc client.
- grml-terminalserver no longer needs to rebuild the initrd, default initrd/initramfs shipped on ISO is fully-featured for PXE boot.
- The netscript bootoption provides the new environment variable named NETSCRIPT to provide an option to ensure that the script is executed under the according environment.
- Updated manifold boot features (thanks to Thorsten Glaser): dd-ed ISOs (for booting via USB) now use isolinux as bootloader as well, so you get the same boot menu in normal CD boot as well as in USB boot.
New features in Grml's Zsh
- Fully documented, see grml.org/zsh (thanks to Joerg Woelke) - available online as well as offline ('man 5 grmlzshrc')
- Uses zsh's built-in vcs_info and falls back to a grml-packaged version if the current version of zsh does not come with its own implementation
- Removed many window managers (fvwm/fvwm-crystal, ratpoison, dwm, twm, w9wm, evilwm, jwm, pekwm) due to size and out-of-the-box configuration issues. See issue897 for the discussion.
- grml2hd is no longer available from grml-quickconfig, the selection dialog displayed after grml-full or grml-medium are done booting.
- Reworked /etc/runlevel.conf deployment. Instead of providing runlevel.conf through grml-etc it's being deployed through grml-live to improve customization capabilities.
- Rewrite of grml-x due to new xorg.conf handling, please note that some options that are now unnecessary have been removed and that all single-dash options (-force, -nostart,...) became common long options (--force, --nostart,...).
- Switched from live-initramfs to live-boot based on version 2.0.12.
- Switched from pump to ISC dhclient, triggered by udev events during boot (use nodhcp to turn this off).
- Network configuration via /etc/network/interfaces supported during boot-up (static IP address assignment - e.g. via ip=... booption - and dhcp are both configured via /etc/network/interfaces).
- Reworked sound mixer handling to improve handling of IBM hardware and multiple soundcards.
Based on vanilla kernel 22.214.171.124 including several patches and additional modules:
aufs iscsitarget loop-aes lzma ndiswrapper openafs speakup squashfs sysprof tp-smapi virtualbox-ose-guest xtables-addons
Visit grml.org/kernel/ for more details regarding Grml's kernel.
Packages / Software
Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 15th of december 2010 (plus some further selected updates).
Removed 174 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.33-grml*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:
*2.6.33-grml* lib* 2vcard abs-guide ace-of-penguins apt-xapian-index archivemail asr-manpages astyle aterm aub auto-apt axp bibcursed bluez-alsa cabber calcurse calife camserv cbrowser cddb cdecl cdrbq cdrecord cdtool check clive cmatrix conky console-common console-tools cpuburn-in-binary cvs-buildpackage cw cwcp ddccontrol ddccontrol-db dvdrtools dwm dwm-tools emcast evilwm faad fdflush fdutils fgetty figlet filepp filetraq fluxconf fnord fusesmb fvwm fvwm-crystal-minimal geresh gif2png giftcurs gnupg-curl gnupg-pkcs11-scd gocr gq gs-common habak hasciicam hnb hotkeys i8kutils ibritish icecast2 ifplugd ike-scan ingerman ipx irb irb1.8 irpas isakmpd isdnactivecards jailtool jwm kbd-compat kqemu-common live-initramfs loco lslk mgetty mgp moosic mp3blaster mp3wrap mpage mplayer-skin-blue mrxvt mrxvt-common mtd-tools multi-aterm ncpfs nedit netstat-nat nictools-nopci nstx odbcinst1debian1 offlineimap openafs-client opencryptoki pamusb-tools pcopy pdns-backend-ldap pdns-backend-pgsql pdns-backend-pipe pdns-backend-sqlite pdns-server pdumpfs pekwm perf playmp3list pmidi postgresql-client-8.4 ppmd psfontmgr psh python-xapian ratmenu ratpoison rdiff rdiff-backup rdoc rdoc1.8 rman router-audit-tool scsiadd smake snmp snowdrop speechd-up splitvt starttls swapd tcl8.3 thttpd tla toshset toshutils tpm-tools trousers ttmkfdir twm unixcw uswsusp w9wm wmmisc wprint wyrd x2x xfonts-intl-european xfs xpdf-common xserver-xorg-input-aiptek xserver-xorg-input-elographics xserver-xorg-input-evtouch xserver-xorg-input-joystick xserver-xorg-input-kbd xserver-xorg-input-mouse xserver-xorg-input-penmount xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse xserver-xorg-input-void xserver-xorg-video-amd xserver-xorg-video-dummy xserver-xorg-video-glint xserver-xorg-video-ivtv xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd xserver-xorg-video-tga xserver-xorg-video-v4l xserver-xorg-video-via yaird ysm
Added 46 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.36-grml*):
3270-common acpi-fakekey anthy-common aufs-tools bitlbee-common c3270 console-setup cups-ppdc diff ekeyd fbcat gcc-4.2-base gcc-4.3-base gconf2-common git grml-rescueboot growisofs hunspell hunspell-de-de hunspell-en-us i3-wm iamerican isc-dhcp-client isc-dhcp-common isc-dhcp-server jackd2 kbd keynav live-boot live-boot-initramfs-tools lua5.1 m17n-contrib mktemp nsd3 odbcinst1debian2 postgresql-client-9.0 python-apt-common python-chardet python-mutagen python-openssl python-pycurl squashfs-tools suckless-tools x11vnc-data xserver-xorg-video-nouveau zenity
Major changes since release 2010.04 (20100429)
- Grml developer meeting in Vienna.
- Christian Hofstaedter joined the Grml team.
- Grml at FrOSCon 2010.
- German magazine freiesMagazin provides an article about Grml in edition 06/2010.
- Grml talk at Net Culture Lab in Dornbirn.
Download Grml 2010.12-rc0
Grml 2010.12-rc0-rc1 can be downloaded from grml.org/download/prerelease/.
Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help fixing bugs and improving future releases. If you find a problem with the release please check grml_2010.12 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on grml.org/bugs/. Please send your feedback and feature requests to the Grml team!
Many thanks (alphabetically) in this release go to Adriana Teixera, Alexander 'Leo' Bergolth, Antonio Diaz Diaz, Andrey Rahmatulli, Axel Beckert, Carsten Hey, Christoph Biedl, Eduard Bloch, Jens Kubieziel, Bernd Arnold, Gregor Perner, Jan-Pieter Jacobs, Joerg Woelke, Jordan Uggla, Marc Haber, Marek Straka, Martin Krafft, Marvin Vek, Michael Gissing, Michael Stapelberg, Michel Isard, Peter Palfrader, Richard Hartmann, Sedat Dilek, Sven Joachim, Thomas Koehler, Thorsten Glaser and Tonnerre Lombard for their contributions.
Release of the stable version
The stable release of Grml 2010.12 is scheduled for end of december 2010.
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