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grml 1.1 - codename Skunk (20080224)


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 2.1GB of software and documentation on the CD.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml_1.0 @ grml-wiki.

New features

Several improved, updated and extended configuration files.

New grml-scripts:

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.

Special new features:


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  acerhk acx100 at76-usb atl2 aufs bcm5700 drbd8 exmap
  gspca ipw3945 iscsitarget ivtv kqemu linux-wlan-ng
  loop-aes lzma madwifi ndiswrapper nozomi openafs pcan
  qc-usb r1000 r5u870 r6040 realtime-lsm rt2400 rt2500 rt73
  sdricoh_cs sl-modem squashfs sysprof tp-smapi truecrypt

Notice: some more modules (like fglrx and nvidia) are not pre-installed but available through the grml-repository.

See for more details regarding the grml-kernel.

Important Changes

To avoid problems with isolinux/syslinux on older hardware (see syslinux mailinglist) we decided to put several files like kernel and initrd from /boot/isolinux/ into a new directory named /boot/$GRML_FLAVOUR/. This should improve the possibility for supporting multiboot in the future as well.

Due to the new initial bootprocess (which is based on live-initramfs) some bootoptions might not work as expected or changed its behaviour. The grml team is working on merging outstanding features. If you think you found a bootoption that does not work as expected/documented please report it.

The bootoption expert has been dropped. It is deprecated nowadays. The bootoption splash has been renamed into textsplash to avoid clashes with graphical bootsplashes.

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 1.1.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 20071225 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 82 packages [please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages]:

  *2.6.20-grml* lib*

  3ware-3dm2-binary airsnort artwiz-cursor attacker autofs
  bandwidthd-pgsql centericq centericq-common check clvm
  cogito cpp-2.95 crywrap dbengine debtags defrag discover
  discover-data dnsdoctor dvgrab emacs21 emacs21-bin-common
  emacs21-common fbgetty findimagedupes flac123 gnuplot
  gnuplot-nox gnuplot-x11 gnus gnus-bonus-el grep-dctrl
  grml-kerneladdons-2.6.20 gs gs-common hwtools idn
  ation-report ion3 ion3-mod-xinerama ion3-scripts
  irssi-text jail kiss lckdo lshw-common modutils
  mozilla-firefox ncftp2 nessus netdude netpipes
  openbsd-inetd pdns python-mode python-semanage rhapsody
  rt2400 rt2500 schedutils scsi-idle sqlrelay
  sqlrelay-postgresql sqlrelay-sqlite squashfs surfraw
  tdb-dev thinkpad-base tinysnmp-tools tpctl trapdoor2 twin
  unison2.9.1 user-de vncommand w3-el-e21 w3-url-e21
  xdebconfigurator xfonts-artwiz xpdf-utils xtla xzgv

Added 176 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.23-grml*):

  2vcard ack-grep acpi-support-base acpitail aggregate
  aosd-cat apt-transport-https asql awesome balance bittwist
  bluez-audio bsd-mailx centerim-common centerim-utf8 cereal
  conky cpp-4.2 ctorrent dns2tcp doc-base docbook-xml
  duplicity dzen2 ecryptfs-utils edac-utils elfkickers
  emacs22 emacs22-bin-common emacs22-common epdfview
  etckeeper exifprobe fai-client fai-doc fai-server fatsort
  firmware-iwlwifi firmware-ralink flashrom fuseiso
  fuseiso9660 g++-4.2 gcc-4.2 gcc-4.2-base gconf2
  gconf2-common ghostscript ghostscript-x git-svn gitpkg
  gksu gnome-keyring gnupg-pkcs11-scd gparted
  grml-debian-keyring grml-kerneladdons-2.6.23 grml-live
  grml-paste gzrt haproxy hdaps-utils hdapsd hfsprogs hgsvn
  hplip hplip-data iceweasel-webdeveloper ifupdown-extra
  inoticoming iodine irqbalance irssi-plugin-xmpp
  iscsitarget itop jp2a kanif kpartx ldnsutils linux-wlan-ng
  live-initramfs logapp loop-aes-testsuite lsb-release
  luvcview lzma mailplate metastore mkelfimage mlocate mr
  nessusclient netrw netsurf nscd nvclock obconf op
  open-iscsi open-vm-tools openbox opencryptoki packeth
  paperkey paris-traceroute pcaputils pm-utils pmailq
  pngtools polipo poppler-utils pristine-tar privbind pssh
  python-dbus python-gnupginterface python-pycallgraph
  python-setuptools python-urlgrabber rinse rofs rt73-common
  runit rutilt s3cmd scamper scanmem scrollkeeper
  shorewall-common shorewall-shell sl sm
  snort-common-libraries splint-data squashfs-tools supercat
  svgalibg1 sysutils taktuk tasksel tasksel-data tetex-base
  tetex-bin texlive tgt thinkfinger-tools timelimit tra
  ttf-dejavu-core ttf-dejavu-extra uml-utilities unhide
  uniutils unsort vim-tiny virtualbox-ose-guest-utils
  wacom-tools wamerican wapiti x11-apps x11-session-utils
  x11-utils x11-xfs-utils x11-xkb-utils x11-xserver-utils
  xar xauth xbacklight xdelta3 xdg-utils xinit xrestop
  xserver-xorg-video-amd xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd yatm

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 1.0 (20070518)

Known issues

Take a look at grml_1.1 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml 1.1

grml 1.1 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_1.1 @ 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 Henning Sprang, Thomas Lange, Michael Schmitt, Daniel Baumann, Karl Voit, Norbert Tretkowski, Jan-Pieter Jacobs, Wolfgang Karall, Darshaka Pathirana, Andrea Mayr and Wernfried Haas for their contributions. 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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