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16 February 2011, 14:12

Parted Magic 5.10 cuts the Chromium, brings back Firefox

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Roughly a month after the release of version 5.9, the Parted Magic developers have released version 5.10 of the LiveCD, Linux-based PC rescue toolkit. The most significant change is the return of Firefox as the default browser; since version 4.7, Chrome or Chromium has been the default browser.

In forum comments, developer Patrick Verner said "I can't even tell what is what with Chromium anymore". He then was moved to commit a "a complete chromiumectomy" which took "a whopping 7MB off the squashfs with lzma compression". The other differences in 5.10 from 5.9 are that the Linux kernel has been updated to version 2.6.37 and GParted updated to version 0.8.0.

Supporting a wide range of file systems, Parted Magic will run on a machine with as little as 64 MB of RAM and can be used, for example, to format internal and external hard drives, to manipulate hard drive partitions, to clone a hard drive, to test hard drives and memory, and to wipe a hard drive.

More details about the new version can be found in the change log. Parted Magic 5.10 is available for download as a 142 MB zipped ISO image file. Hosted on SourceForge or available from alternate mirrors, Parted Magic is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).

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