0.7 (codename Bootenschnitzl) was released
week. GRML is a Debian-based Live CD with software for users of text tools
and system administrators. In addition to the live CD, it supports
installation to a hard drive or a USB stick. When using the live CD you
save configuration files to a RW-CD, to a USB stick or create a partition
on the hard drive for that purpose.
The kernel in 0.7 is a vanilla 184.108.40.206 kernel with several additional
patches and modules. Other packages in this
version were updated to Debian unstable as of April 7, 2006, with a few
minor updates added later.
The live CD boots to a root console. Another user "grml" is available in
the default setup and there is a 'grml-x' script that can be used to start
up X and a window manager such as fluxbox. See the screenshots page for some views of
grml booting and running with fluxbox.
Although grml-0.7 is small, there is another, even smaller version,
grml-small currently at 0.2. There is also a repository with over 2300
packages, with plenty of security and networking tools, data recovery and
forensic tools, and more that can be added with a simple apt-get.
GRML is released under the GNU General Public License. The FAQ contains answers to most questions.
All in all it looks like grml is shaping into a nice, lightweight
distribution that many system administrators will enjoy having in their
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