Grml 2014.03

A bootable Live-CD Linux operating system based on KNOPPIX and Debian GNU/Linux.
Grml is an open source Linux distribution based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating and designed from the ground up to by used by system administrators and end-users who prefer text-mode tools.

It can be used as a system rescue CD, offers out-of-the-box usability for the visually impaired, and automatic hardware detection. It’s distributed in two separate editions, a small one with only a few essential packages and no desktop environment, as well as a full flavor with extra applications and a lightweight window manager.

It’s available for download as Live CD ISO images, two for each edition, supporting both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. They can be burned to blank CD discs or written to USB flash drives.

The Live CDs feature a custom boot prompt, from where users can start an existing operating system from the first disk drive, jump to an old-style isolinux prompt, as well as to run GRUB2, iPXE, FreeDOS, MirOS, Memtest86+, HDT (Hardware Detection Tool), as well as an all-in-one image.

Default boot options include debug mode, disable framebuffer, disable kernel mode-setting, enable SSH (with random password), forensic mode, graphical mode, copy to RAM, persistency mode, serial console, and German settings.

The Full edition comes with the Midnight Commander two-panel file manager, GParted disk partitioning tool, Xpdf PDF viewer, XTerm terminal emulator, Telnet client, Irssi IRC client, Wireshark network scanner, Iceweasel web browser, and many other useful tools.

The distribution can be easily installed to a local disk drive, but only from the command-line prompt when booting the live environment (available in both editions). It also features a cryptsetup, losetup, mount and mkfs wrapper called grml-crypt.

All in all, Grml is a decent and minimal Debian-based Live CD for system administrators. It offers a great selection of system packages to choose from, specifically designed for system recovery and rescue tasks.

Reviewed by Marius Nestor on March 31st, 2014


last updated on:
March 31st, 2014, 15:03 GMT
price:
FREE!
developed by:
grml-Team
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
category:
ROOT \ Linux Distributions

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What's New in This Release:
  • New features:
  • new boot option vlan: this provides support for e.g. using something like 'ip=10.10.10.42::10.10.10.1:255.255.255.0:grml:eth0:off vlan=301:eth0' to use VID 301 for device eth0 (development sponsored by Sipwise GmbH)
  • grml-debootstrap:
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Grml is an open source and 100% free Live CD Linux operating system based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux and KNOPPIX&...

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