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23 August 2010, 10:09

Parted Magic 5.3 improves memory usage - Update

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Parted Magic 5.3
The default Parted Magic 5.3 desktop.
Less than three weeks after version 5.2 arrived, the Parted Magic developers have announced the release of the third point update to the 5.x branch of their open source, multi-platform partitioning tool. Parted Magic can be used to create, move, delete and resize drive partitions and will run on a machine with as little as 64MB of RAM. File systems supported include NTFS, FAT, ReiserFS, Reiser4 and HFS+. LVM and RAID are also supported.

The 5.3 maintenance update is based on the Linux kernel and features various adjustments that improve overall memory usage and several updated packages, including the latest 7.0 release of the open source TrueCrypt disk encryption tool. Other package updates include version 2010.8.8 of the NTFS-3G read/write driver, FreeType 2.4.2 and version 1.17.1 of the BusyBox tool collection. The UNetbootin utility for creating LiveUSB systems has been updated to the latest 471 release.

According to Parted Magic developer Patrick Verner, the project will no longer be providing a USB zip file as it has done in the past and notes that the official method for booting from USB (LiveUSB) is now UNetbootin. Verner says that, "Supplying a USB zip was inviting too many people that had no clue how to boot from a USB drive and offering complex documentation was just adding to the confusion." Other changes include dropping the Unionfs file system service in favour of Unionfs-fuse, the discontinuation of the GRUB4DOS ISO due to lack of time to maintain the menu and a number of minor bug fixes.

More details about the release can be found in the release announcement and in the change log. Parted Magic 5.3 is available to download as a 130 MB ISO image file to run as a LiveCD. Hosted on SourceForge, Parted Magic is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and documentation is provided.

Update: The Parted Magic developers have already released an update – version 5.4 – to upgrade the Linux kernel to version, correcting an issue that caused the keyboard input to be slowed down. Other changes include various package updates and further improved RAM usage.

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