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Release Notes for grml64-medium 2008.11 - codename Schluchtenscheisser


grml is a Debian-based Live-CD. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for users of texttools and system administrators. 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, unless you want to (use grml2hd for this). Due to on-the-fly decompression grml includes about 2.1GB of software and documentation on the CD.

Whereas grml provides about 2.1GB of software on a ~700MB ISO and grml-small is a flavor with only ~75MB ISO-size, grml64-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.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml64-medium_0.1 @ grml-wiki.

New grml-script:

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

See for more details regarding grml-live.

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

Special thanks to Tong Sun for his contributions and to Sipwise GmbH for sponsoring development of grml-debootstrap.

See for more details regarding grml-debootstrap.

Special new features:


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  atl2 aufs madwifi squashfs

Notice: some more modules (like fglrx and nvidia) are not pre-installed but available through the grml-repository.

See for more details regarding the grml-kernel.

Important Changes

Using a new version schema: as we want to improve tracking of all the different flavours and releases of grml we decided to use "$flavour $YYYY.MM" for the stable releases. No further confusing 'grml 1.1 vs. grml64 0.2'.

Switched from old IDE drivers to libata drivers. What might have been known as /dev/hdX on your system will become /dev/sdX nowadays.

Truecrypt isn't shipped anymore Because Truecrypt is licensed under a specific license named 'TrueCrypt License 2.6' which doesn't permit us to distribute Truecrypt. See section VI/4 of the license for details.

Locales provided via /usr/share/locale have been removed due to space reasons, though /usr/share/i18n/locales hasn't been modified as well as package specific files.

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on grml are available at the Debian section. See dpkg_get_selections for a main package listing and dpkg_list for a more detailed list of packages shipped with grml64-medium 2008.11.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 20th of november 2008 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 22 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.23-grml*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.23-grml* lib*

  cpp-4.2 firmware-ipw3945 gcc-4.2 gcc-4.2-base gcc-4.2-multilib
  genisoimage grml-files64 grml64 ipw3945d nvclock python2.4
  python2.4-minimal radeontool squashfs-tools syslog-ng sysutils unzoo
  x11-apps x11-session-utils x11-xfs-utils xbase-clients

Added 32 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.26-grml*):

  ca-certificates chntpw cpp-4.3 e3 gcc-4.1-base gcc-4.3 gcc-4.3-base
  gcc-4.3-multilib genext2fs grml-files grml-small grub-common irqbalance
  latencytop lzma make mercurial-common netcat-traditional
  nfs-kernel-server openssh-blacklist openssl-blacklist powertop rsyslog
  squashfs-lzma-tools syslinux-common xfsdump xserver-xorg-video-mach64
  xserver-xorg-video-openchrome xserver-xorg-video-r128
  xserver-xorg-video-radeon xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd zoo

Upgrade notes

As usual you can upgrade your grml harddisk system to the latest grml version running 'apt-get update; apt-get install grml'. Take a look at the upgrading webpage in the grml-wiki as well. Notice: If you are using grml in a productive environment and/or use a grml2hd installation we strongly recommend to subscribe to the grml-user mailinglist!

Major changes since release grml64-medium 0.1 (20080224)

Known issues

Take a look at grml64-medium_2008.11 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml64-medium 2008.11

grml64-medium 2008.11 can be downloaded from mirrors listed on


Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help fix bugs and improve future releases. If you find a problem with the release please check grml64-medium_2008.11 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on Please send your feedback, feature requests and bug reports to the grml-team!


Many thanks in this release go to Tong Sun, Martin Karresand, Ralf Schlatterbeck, Thomas Köhler, Peter Palfrader, Michael Holzt, Florian Schuele, Marc Haber, Sipwise GmbH, Charles Hewson, Thomas Lehmann, Christian Vogel, Andreas Roedl and Christian Hofstaedtler for their contributions. Many thanks also to the ones of you who donated something to the grml-team and of course to all those who have sent feedback since the last release!

More Information

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