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Release Notes for Grml 2017.05-rc1 - codename Freedatensuppe

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Grml is a Debian based live system focusing on the needs of system administrators. This Grml release provides fresh software packages from Debian testing (AKA stretch) and is the first Grml release using systemd as its init system. As usual it also incorporates up to date hardware support and fixes known bugs from the previous Grml release.

Important Changes

New features

Highlighting the most relevant changes only:

Bits & bolts


Details about shipped packages and their versions in Grml are available in the Debian section. Visit dpkg_list for a detailed list of packages shipped with Grml 2017.05(-rc1).


Packages are taken from Debian testing as of 7th of May 2017. 63 packages have been removed, and these 64 new packages have been added (excluding lib* and kernel image):

  apt-transport-https bats binwalk btrfs-progs cpp-6
  distro-info-data espeak-ng-data exif firefox-esr
  firmware-amd-graphics firmware-cavium firmware-intel-sound
  firmware-misc-nonfree firmware-ti-connectivity freeipmi-common
  gcc-6-base gnome-icon-theme gnupg-agent graphicsmagick
  graphicsmagick-imagemagick-compat gtk-update-icon-cache
  initramfs-tools-core iptraf-ng keyutils linux-cpupower lynx
  lynx-common nethogs nilfs-tools nvme-cli partclone
  perl-modules-5.24 perl-openssl-defaults physlock pinentry-curses
  policykit-1 python3-binwalk python3.5 python3.5-minimal rake
  ruby-deep-merge ruby-did-you-mean ruby-minitest ruby-net-telnet
  ruby-nokogiri ruby-pkg-config ruby-power-assert ruby-rgen
  ruby-test-unit ruby2.3 sg3-utils-udev stress syslinux-utils
  systemd systemd-container systemd-sysv uml-utilities vim-gtk
  vim-gui-common wireshark-qt xorriso xserver-xorg-input-libinput
  xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu xxd

These Debian packages have been removed/replaced (excluding lib* and kernel image):

  alsa-base aufs-tools cpp-4.9 file-rc firmware-ralink
  gcc-4.8-base gcc-4.9-base genext2fs iceweasel initscripts
  insserv iptraf manpages mcollective mcollective-common multitail
  netcat-traditional nfacct perl-modules puppet-common
  python-configobj python-configshell python-epydoc python-ipaddr
  python-netifaces python-ntdb python-prettytable python-pyparsing
  python-rtslib python-simpleparse python-simpleparse-mxtexttools
  python-six python-support python3.4 python3.4-minimal ruby-hiera
  ruby-stomp ruby-systemu ruby2.1 samba-dsdb-modules startpar
  sysvinit sysvinit-core targetcli traceroute vlock
  xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-mouse
  xserver-xorg-input-synaptics xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse
  xserver-xorg-video-cirrus xserver-xorg-video-intel
  xserver-xorg-video-mach64 xserver-xorg-video-mga
  xserver-xorg-video-modesetting xserver-xorg-video-neomagic
  xserver-xorg-video-openchrome xserver-xorg-video-r128
  xserver-xorg-video-savage xserver-xorg-video-siliconmotion
  xserver-xorg-video-sisusb xserver-xorg-video-tdfx

Known issues

Please visit the known bugs web page.

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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 the known bugs list and report problems using information on Please send your feedback and feature requests to the Grml team!


Many thanks in this release go to (alphabetically) Andras Korn, Andreas "Jimmy" Gredler, Andrey Borzenkov, Antoine Beaupré, Axel Beckert, Ben Finney, Bernd Zeimetz, Bernhard Tittelbach, Brian M. Carlson, Carsten Hey, Christian Hesse, Christian Hofstaedtler, Christian Sturm, Christoph Berg, Daniel Hahler, Darshaka Pathirana, Dmitri Vereshchagin, Eric Keller, Felipe Sateler, Gregor Zattler, Guillem Jover, Haudegen, Karl Voit, Laurent Bigonville, Michael Vetter, Nicolas Braud-Santoni, Patrick Schleizer, Paul Menzel, Philip Hands, Sebastian Boehm, Sebastian Pipping, Stefan Schlesinger, Tamas Csillag, Thiago Perrotta, Thilo Six, Thomas Berger, Thomas Stewart and Yves-Alexis Perez for their contributions.

More Information

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