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Release Notes for grml-medium 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.

Whereas grml provides about 2.1 GB of software on a ~700 MB ISO and grml-small is a flavor with only ~100 MB ISO-size, grml-medium tries to close the gap between those two flavours providing an ISO with ~200MB. It does not provide all the software shipped with normal/big/large grml but provides essential stuff, a full featured kernel and the server. You can use the Debian package management system to install software on the fly (assuming you have network access to a Debian mirror). Take a look at the 'Debian-Information'-section if you are searching for the package list.

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 virtualbox-ose-guest

Visit for more details regarding the grml-kernel.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml-medium_2009.05 @ grml-wiki and in the bug tracking system.

Important Changes

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on grml-medium 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-medium 2009.10.


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

Removed 7 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*

  ash diff grml-saveconfig grml-terminalserver-data mktemp timeout vbetool

Added 16 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.31-grml*):

  aumix-common diffutils fontconfig gnupg-curl grub-pc info install-info iw
  links mksh schilylibs scsitools sg3-utils shared-mime-info
  xserver-xorg-input-evtouch xserver-xorg-video-ivtv

Known issues

Take a look at grml-medium_2009.10 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml-medium 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-medium_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?

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


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