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Release Notes for Grml 2011.12-rc1 - codename Knecht Rootrecht

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This release brings a downsizing and cleanup: one flavour, two architectures. The new, smaller flavour has a 350MB ISO size target, while still delivering over 1.1GB of open source software relevant for system administrators!

New features

Important Changes

Bits & bolts


Details about shipped packages and their versions on Grml are available at the Debian section. Visit dpkg_list for a detailed list of packages shipped with Grml 2011.12-rc1.


Packages are taken from Debian testing, 11th of December 2011. 1745 packages have been removed, and these new packages have been added (plus dependencies):

  afflib-tools aoetool atftp bacula-sd efibootmgr
  grub-efi-amd64-bin ia32-libs imvirt ipxe mcollective
  mtx multiarch-support netcat-openbsd python2.7 sipcalc

These Grml packages have been removed/replaced:

  grml-debugtools grml-docs grml-files grml-files64
  grml-firefox grml-laptop grml-pylib grml-rebuildfstab
  grml-rescueboot grml-sectools grml-templates grml-usleep
  grml-vpn grml grml64

Known issues

iSCSI Target support is currently in limbo, as the user land tools for the new in-kernel iSCSI target are not yet in Debian unstable/testing and shipping the old iscsitarget modules in binary form appears to be almost impossible with the new DKMS packaging. As a workaround you may consider using Ata Over Ethernet with vblade.

dns bootoption does not work as expected. See issue1099 for details.

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