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grml 1.0 - codename Meilenschwein (20070518)


grml is a Debian-based Live-CD. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for users of texttools and system administrators. grml provides automatic hardware detection. You can use grml for example as a rescue system, 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, unless you want to (use grml2hd for this). Due to on-the-fly decompression grml includes about 2.1 GiB of software and documentation on the CD.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml_0.9 @ grml-wiki.

New features

Several improved, updated and extended configuration files.

New grml-scripts (some selected ones):

New bootparameters/cheatcodes:

grml2hd (install grml to harddisk):

See for more details regarding grml2hd.

grml-terminalserver (boot grml via network)

See for more details regarding grml-terminalserver.

grml-debootstrap (install plain Debian fast and easy)

See for more details regarding grml-debootstrap.

Special new features:


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches (Speakup, Squashfs,...) and additional modules:

  acerhk, aufs, cowloop, drbd8, et131x, exmap, ipw3945, iscsitarget, ivtv, kqemu,
  madwifi, misdn, ndiswrapper, nozomi, openafs, pcan, qc-usb, r1000, realtime-lsm,
  rt2400, rt2500, rt2570, rt2x00, sdricoh_cs, sl-modem, snd-bt-sco, spca5xx,
  sysprof, tidev, tpm_emulator, truecrypt, unionfs

Notice: some more modules are not pre-installed but available through the grml-repository.

See for more details regarding the grml-kernel.

Important Changes

UTF-8: grml uses UTF8 as default encoding. You can deactivate UTF-8 environment via booting with bootoption lang=$LANG-iso. Some software is not yet UTF-8 aware (problem is located upstream, neither at Debian or grml itself). More information about UTF-8 at grml can be found at the utf8 webpage in the grml-wiki.

get_tw_cli / get_3ware: get_tw_cli has been renamed into get_3ware as we support 3DM2 as well now.

fluxbox: the keybindings have been restored to their original (fluxbox upstream) behaviour. Now Alt+F# switches between the desktops, Alt+Shift+F# sends an application to another desktop. If you want to get the old behaviour back you can use the zsh function fluxkey-change.

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on grml are available at the Debian section. See dpkg_get_selections for a main package listing and dpkg_list for a more detailed list of packages shipped with grml 1.0.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 20070517.

Removed 90 packages [please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages]:

  *2.6.18-grml* lib*

  aircrack aptconf bacula-client classpath classpath-common classpath-gtkpeer
  convertfs cpp-3.3 ddd debpool debsig-verify doc-base emacspeak ethereal
  ethereal-common fsh gcc-2.95 gcc-3.3 gcc-3.3-base glibc-doc grml-btnet
  grml-kerneladdons-2.6.18 grml-sysvinit gs-gpl initrd-tools jamvm java-common
  kdoc kenny kwtools-bin kwtools-common kwtools-graphic kwtools-net
  kwtools-net-postfix kwtools-sys kwtools-sys-lvm kwtools-utils latex-ucs
  linux-wlan-ng linux-wlan-ng-firmware lout lout-common lufs-utils lvm-common
  lvm10 madwifi-doc misdn-utils mutt-ng muttprint nhfsstone nscd nxclient
  olsrd-gui olsrd-plugin opie-server policycoreutils postgresql-client-8.1
  prosper python-clamav python-jaxml python-selinux python2.3 raccess samdump
  scapy securecgi simh synctree tclx8.3 tesseract-ocr tetex-base tetex-bin
  tetex-extra tethereal tftp-hpa tftpd-hpa tk-brief transset ufsutils
  unionfs-utils unzsplit valgrind vde wellenreiter wmi xcompmgr xen-tools
  xen-utils-common xlibmesa-gl zsplit

Added 109 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.20-grml*):

  4g8 advchk apwal arp-scan array-info ascii ascii2binary atftpd aufs-tools
  blktrace bluetooth-alsa cbm clive concalc cryopid csstidy ctioga cups-pdf
  dbus-x11 dnsproxy docbook2odf dpkg-ruby dvb-utils edbrowse espeak espeak-data
  fakechroot fatresize funionfs fusedav gaffitter gatling gcolor2 gems
  genisoimage grml-desktop grml-kerneladdons-2.6.20 grml-pylib hal-info icedax
  ii imsniff ion3-mod-xinerama keyutils kqemu-common kvm lckdo mcabber mtp-tools
  mtpaint ncc ncdu newsbeuter odt2txt olsrd-plugins ophcrack oss-compat
  pamusb-tools pdfcube perl-tk pnputils podget postgresql-client-8.2 powertop
  python-gobject python-pexpect python-scapy python-urwid rcov recordmydesktop
  samdump2 scalpel screenie scrot sigit smbnetfs speedometer sucrack
  texlive-base texlive-base-bin texlive-common texlive-doc-base
  texlive-fonts-recommended texlive-lang-german texlive-latex-base
  texlive-latex-recommended thc-ipv6 treil tss tweak uncrustify urlscan vde2
  vim-addon-manager vinetto xjed xserver-xorg-input-aiptek
  xserver-xorg-input-elo2300 xserver-xorg-input-elographics
  xserver-xorg-input-evtouch xserver-xorg-input-hyperpen
  xserver-xorg-input-joystick xserver-xorg-input-penmount
  xserver-xorg-input-void xserver-xorg-video-intel xsteg xwatchwin zfs-fuse zzuf

Upgrade notes

As usual you can upgrade your grml harddisk system to the latest grml version running 'apt-get update; apt-get install grml'. Take a look at the upgrading webpage in the grml-wiki as well. Notice: If you are using grml in a productive environment and/or use a grml2hd installation we strongly recommend to subscribe to the grml-user mailinglist!

Changes since release 0.9 (20061206)

Known issues

Take a look at grml_1.0 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml 1.0

grml 1.0 can be downloaded from mirrors listed on


Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help fix bugs and improve future releases. If you find a problem with the release please check grml_1.0 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on Please send your feedback, feature requests and bug reports to the grml-team!


Many thanks in this release go to Michael Schierl, Jan-Pieter Jacobs, Moritz Augsburger, Wolfgang Fuschlberger, Manuel Fuhr, Ronny Plattner, Robert Giebel, Martin Ahammer, Matthias Diener and Josef Teske for their contributions. Many thanks to all of you who took part in the grml user survey. Many thanks also to the ones of you who donated something to the grml-team and of course to all those who have sent feedback since the last release!

More Information

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