Parted Magic 5.8 can boot and fully operate from RAM
After several months of development, the Parted Magic developers have issued version 5.8 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 latest maintenance update is based on the 2.6.36 Linux kernel and features the addition of the SciTE SCIntilla-based text editor. According to Parted Magic developer Patrick Verner, version 5.8 marks the first time that the ISO image can be booted completely from RAM. Verner says that this means, for example, "that the default syslinux menu can be used for a PXE boot". Package updates include version 1.2.6-40 of the Clonezilla open source clone system (OCS), ClamAV 0.96.5, version 1.17.4 BusyBox tool collection and the latest 0.7.1 release of the GNOME Partition Editor (GParted). Additionally, the project now has a new web site and is also represented on Twitter.
More details about the update can be found in the official release announcement and in the change log. Parted Magic 5.8 is available to download as a 148 MB ISO image file. Hosted on SourceForge, Parted Magic is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).
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