"Lackdose-Allergie" helps Linux admins
Developer Michael Prokop has announced the release of grml 2009.05, codenamed Lackdose-Allergie. grml is a Debian based Linux distribution that's specifically aimed at system administrators and users of text tools, such as awk, sed, grep, zsh, mutt[ng], slrn, vim and many others. The release features several new boot options, including the persistent boot option which allows users to easily store their settings and reuse them on reboot, avoiding the older config framework. The new findiso option searches for ISO files on all disks and the bsd option allows users to boot the minimal MirOS BSD operating system and run the minimalistic hardware detection tool (HDT).
One of the greatest strengths of grml are the number of scripts which can make several administrative and organisational tasks easier. The new swspeak-setup script enables the software speakup features that are used within the swspeak bootoption. According to the release notes, the grml2usb tool for installing a grml ISO onto a USB drive has been completely revised. It now includes additional boot options support, multi-ISO support and uses GRUB as the default boot manager.
The release is based on the vanilla 188.8.131.52 Linux kernel, including several patches and additional modules. Modules include aufs, drbd8, iscsitarget, kqemu, loop-aes, lzma, ndiswrapper, openafs, rt2400, rt73, sl-modem, speakup, squashfs, sysprof, tp-smapi, virtualbox-ose-guest and xtables-addons. The previous Wi-Fi drivers for Atheros cards based on MadWifi have been replaced by the ath5k and ath9k drivers. Changes have also been made to the default settings for the vim editor and zsh. The Dillo web browser has now been replaced with xlinks2.
More details about the release can be found in the release notes and change logs. grml 2009.05 is available to download as LiveCD ISO files for 32 and 64-bit systems. Two smaller variants, grml-small and medium, are also available, but lack some of the features included in the full releases.