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Release Notes for Grml 2018.12 - codename Gnackwatschn

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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 buster). 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 2018.12.


Packages are taken from Debian testing as of 30th of December 2018. 26 packages have been removed, and these 76 new packages have been added (excluding lib* and kernel image):

  bcache-tools binutils-common binutils-x86-64-linux-gnu cpp-8
  cryptsetup-initramfs cryptsetup-run dbus-user-session dirmngr dislocker ed
  fakeroot fdisk gcc-8-base gdbm-l10n gir1.2-glib-2.0 glusterfs-common
  gnupg-l10n gnupg-utils gpg gpg-agent gpg-wks-client gpg-wks-server gpgconf
  gpgsm iso-codes linux-libc-dev lm-sensors mcollective mcollective-common
  ndisc6 nmap-common patchutils perl-modules-5.28 python-colorlog
  python-fasteners python-humanize python-monotonic python-six python-talloc
  python2 python2-minimal python3-certifi python3-chardet python3-configshell-fb
  python3-gi python3-idna python3-jwt python3-pkg-resources python3-prettytable
  python3-pyparsing python3-pyudev python3-requests python3-rtslib-fb
  python3-six python3-urllib3 python3-urwid python3.7 python3.7-minimal
  qemu-guest-agent qemu-system-data rdnssd restic ruby-stomp ruby-systemu
  ruby-xmlrpc ruby2.5 stressant targetcli-fb tcl tcl8.6 thin-provisioning-tools
  tk tk8.6 wdiff x11vnc x11vnc-data

These 26 Debian packages have been removed/replaced (excluding lib* and kernel image):

  apt-transport-https aptitude-common btrfs-tools cpp-6 cpufrequtils
  dh-python e2fslibs gcc-6-base gnome-icon-theme gnupg-agent iproute lynx-cur
  multiarch-support perl-modules-5.24 python-talloc python-urwid python3.5
  python3.5-minimal qemu-kvm realpath ruby-nokogiri ruby-pkg-config ruby-rgen
  ruby-safe-yaml ruby2.3 xdg-utils

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) András Korn, Andreas Henriksson, Antoine Beaupré, Bernhard Tittelbach, Bigo, Chris Hofstaedtler, David Prévot, f0, Grégoire Sutre, Guillem Jover, Helmut Grohne, hex2a, James Tocknell joeran, karlh1, Leo Bergolth, luke2261git, Marc Haber, Marcos Mello, Markus Lindberg, Martin Besser, maximebuy, Michael Biebl, Michael Eischer, Michael Schierl, Moviuro, Mykola Malkov, Patrick Neumann, Patrick Schleizer, Paul Menzel, Ralf Moll and sl0n for their contributions.

More Information

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