Parted Magic 5.6 adds System Stability Tester
The Parted Magic developers have released version 5.6 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 5.6 maintenance update is based on the 188.8.131.52 Linux kernel and features the addition of the latest 1.1.0 release of the System Stability Tester (systester). Systester, an open source system stressing and benchmarking tool, tests system stability by calculating up to 128 million digits of π.
According to Parted Magic developer Patrick Verner, the latest release includes the Nouveau Xorg driver, which can be activated from the Fail Safe Menu at the first boot screen, and a new default root password (partedmagic) has been added to make using SSH easier. Package updates in the release include version 2010.10.2 of the NTFS-3G read / write NTFS driver, the latest 0.6.4 release of the GNOME Partition Editor (GParted) and version 1.17.3 of the BusyBox tool collection. The UNetbootin utility for creating LiveUSB systems has been updated to the 490 release.
More details about the Parted Magic release can be found in the release announcement and in the change log. Parted Magic 5.6 is available to download as a 134 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.
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