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Release Notes for grml 2009.10 - codename Hello-Wien


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. 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. Due to on-the-fly decompression grml includes about 2 GB of software and documentation on the CD.

New features

Special new features:

New features in Grml's Zsh

New grml-scripts:

grml2usb (install grml ISO(s) on usb device for booting):

Visit the usb webpage in the grml wiki and for more details regarding grml2usb.

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

Visit for more details regarding grml-debootstrap.

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

Visit for more details regarding grml-live.


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  aufs drbd8 iscsitarget kqemu loop-aes lzma ndiswrapper openafs
  sl-modem speakup squashfs sysprof tp-smapi virtualbox-ose-guest

Visit for more details regarding the grml-kernel.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml_2009.05 @ grml-wiki and in the bug tracking system.

Important Changes

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on grml are available at the Debian section. Visit dpkg_get_selections for a main package listing and dpkg_list for a more detailed list of packages shipped with grml 2009.10.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 22nd of october 2009 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 82 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.28-grml*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.28-grml* lib*

  3270-common ash auctex bar btsco c3270 catdvi cpp-4.1 ctioga debsig-verify
  diff docbook2odf dog dvi2tty dvipng edac-utils euro-support ext2resize
  fcoretools foomatic-filters gcc-4.1-base geoip-database gmailfs gnuhtml2latex
  grml-saveconfig grml-terminalserver-data harden-remoteaudit hping2 htcheck
  icedax jikes lacheck lanmap latex-beamer latex-mk latex-xcolor latexmk
  latextug mailx mktemp mysql-client-5.0 nessus-plugins
  nessusclient nessusd pdfjam pgf podracer preview-latex-style python-clientform
  python-libgmail python-mechanize replicator rgpsp secvpn slat snoopy tetex-bin
  tex-common texify texlive texlive-base texlive-base-bin texlive-common
  texlive-doc-base texlive-extra-utils texlive-fonts-recommended
  texlive-lang-german texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-recommended texpower
  timeout tor-geoipdb tra tth tthsum vim-latexsuite webcpp weechat-common
  windowlab workbone xulrunner-1.9

Added 67 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.31-grml*):

  apache2.2-bin aumix-common bluetooth bluez bluez-alsa bluez-gstreamer
  btrfs-tools comgt conkeror diffutils dvb-apps emacs23 emacs23-bin-common
  emacs23-common ewf-tools fatattr febootstrap fio gconf2-common genisoimage
  git-email gnupg-curl gnupg2 gptsync grub-pc guymager heirloom-mailx honeyd
  install-info libsmbios-bin mysql-client-5.1 netsurf-gtk nfswatch nilfs-tools
  nilfs2-tools odbcinst open-vm-tools pigz postgresql-client
  postgresql-client-8.4 postmark python-libxml2 python-rpm python-sqlite
  python-sqlitecachec python-urlgrabber qla-tools rpm-common rpm2cpio safecopy
  samba-common-bin schilylibs shorewall smake squid-langpack stressapptest
  tableau-parm tcl tk weechat-core xmms2-icon xmount xserver-xorg-input-evtouch
  xserver-xorg-video-ivtv xul-ext-webdeveloper xulrunner-1.9.1 yum

Major changes since release 2009.05 (20090531)

Known issues

Take a look at grml_2009.10 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml 2009.10

grml 2009.10 can be downloaded from the mirrors listed on


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_2009.10 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on Please send your feedback and feature requests to the grml-team!


Many thanks (alphabetically) in this release go to Alexander 'Leo' Bergolth, Al Sten-Clanton, Andras Korn, Andreas Thienemann, António P. P. Almeida, Axel Beckert, Christian Bricart, Christian Hofstaedtler, Christian Vogel, Daniel Tiefnig, Daniel Weuthen, Ernesto Domato, Frank Prochnow, Helge Wagner, Joerg Woelke, Julian Langschädel, Marcel Meckel, Marc Haber, Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt, Markus Schimpf, Michael Schierl, Michael Whapples, Moritz Wilhelmy, Peter Palfrader, Ralf Moll, Sedat Dilek, Stefan Traby, Thomas Koehler, Thorsten Glaser, Ulrich Zehl, Walter Haidinger, Wernfried Haas and Zoran Dzelajlija for their contributions.

More Information

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Further Questions?

Please feel free to contact us.


Credits: Developed by: Michael 'Maniac' Prokop, Ulrich 'Dangerous' Dangel, Frank 'Enstein' Ter-ror-beck, Alexander 'Igor' Wirt,... and many more


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