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Release Notes for grml 2008.11 - codename Schluchtenscheisser


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_1.1 @ grml-wiki.

New grml-scripts:

grml-live (build system for creating a grml (based) live-cd):

See for more details regarding grml-live.

grml-debootstrap (wrapper around debootstrap for installing plain Debian via grml):

Special thanks to Tong Sun for his contributions and to Sipwise GmbH for sponsoring development of grml-debootstrap.

See for more details regarding grml-debootstrap.

Special new features:


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  acx100 at76-usb atl2 aufs drbd8 gspca iscsitarget kqemu linux-uvc
  linux-wlan-ng loop-aes madwifi ndiswrapper openafs qc-usb rt2400 rt2500
  rt73 sl-modem speakup squashfs tp-smapi virtualbox-ose-guest

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

Using a new version schema: as we want to improve tracking of all the different flavours and releases of grml we decided to use "$flavour $YYYY.MM" for the stable releases. No further confusing 'grml 1.1 vs. grml64 0.2'.

Switched from old IDE drivers to libata drivers. What might have been known as /dev/hdX on your system will become /dev/sdX nowadays.

Truecrypt isn't shipped anymore Because Truecrypt is licensed under a specific license named 'TrueCrypt License 2.6' which doesn't permit us to distribute Truecrypt. See section VI/4 of the license for details.

Locales provided via /usr/share/locale have been removed due to space reasons, though /usr/share/i18n/locales hasn't been modified as well as package specific files.

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 2008.11.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 20th of november 2008 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 82 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.23-grml*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.23-grml* lib*

  915resolution a2ps apmd array-util automake1.8 base64 bazaar biew
  bluetooth-alsa clamav-getfiles cpp-4.2 cracklib2 cupsys-common dbishell
  debmake doc-base docbook-xml dumputils dvb-utils dviutils dynafont
  eciadsl elfsh emelfm fileutils firmware-ipw3945 fonty fttools g++-4.2
  gcc-4.2 gconf2 gconf2-common genisoimage gksu glimpse gnome-keyring
  gs-esp gscanbus hydra icedax ipw3945d ipxripd isic lcap linda
  linneighborhood metastore mobilemesh mozilla-imagezoom ms-sys mutella
  ndiswrapper-utils ndiswrapper-utils-1.1 nmapfe nscd nufw nvclock o3read
  postgresql-client-8.2 qtparted raggle rain realtime-lsm rt73-common
  scrollkeeper smake sound-recorder squashfs-tools svgalibg1 syslog-ng
  sysutils traceproto tss type1inst unzoo upstreamdev vifm vnc-common
  xserver-xorg-video-newport xvncviewer xwatchwin zeroconf

Added 79 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.26-grml*):

  aiccu bind9utils cciss-vol-status cnee cpp-4.3 cups cups-bsd cups-client
  cups-common cupsddk cupsddk-drivers discover discover-data dnsmasq-base
  dwdiff elinks-data ent espeakup ext3grep faketime fcoretools
  foomatic-filters freeradius-common g++-4.3 gcc-4.3 gcc-4.3-base genext2fs
  gfs2-tools gnuit grub-common i2c-tools iotop ipset john-data keynav
  latencytop lynx-cur mercurial-common mpg123 mtd-utils netcat-traditional
  odbcinst1debian1 openssh-blacklist openssl-blacklist openvas-client
  openvpn-blacklist pinentry-gtk2 python-cairo python-clientform
  python-debian python-feedparser python-gtk2 python-imaging
  python-mechanize python-newt python-numeric python-ogg
  python-pkg-resources qiv radvd rsyslog squashfs-lzma-tools sslscan
  syslinux-common tcl8.5 texlive-extra-utils tig tk8.5 ttf-unifont unixodbc
  xfonts-unifont xserver-xorg-video-geode xserver-xorg-video-mach64
  xserver-xorg-video-openchrome xserver-xorg-video-r128
  xserver-xorg-video-radeon xulrunner-1.9 zenmap zoo

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!

Major changes since release 1.1 (20080224)

Known issues

Take a look at grml_2008.11 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml 2008.11

grml 2008.11 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_2008.11 @ 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 Tong Sun, Martin Karresand, Ralf Schlatterbeck, Thomas Köhler, Peter Palfrader, Michael Holzt, Florian Schuele, Marc Haber, Sipwise GmbH, Charles Hewson, Thomas Lehmann, Christian Vogel, Andreas Roedl and Christian Hofstaedtler 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

You can find out more about grml on our website, IRC channel, and wiki.

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Further Questions?

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