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Parted Magic 2013_06_15
Downgraded Partclone to 0.2.60. Removal of the ”-m” flag in partclone-0.2.61 breaks Clonezilla.
Parted Magic 2013_06_14
Another month of solid development is complete, it's time to release Parted Magic with a new look and a growing number improvements. After what seems like a good part of 5 years, Parted Magic has a new desktop wallpaper! Colin Skees put together the Steampunk/Tron theme for us and I have to say it is really cool. We came up with 2 sizes and probe for screen resolution, so it looks good on most machines.
A lot of work went into Parted Magic Mount. It now auto refreshes and supports device mapper, smart phones, cameras, and Kindles. Most of the little quirks have been worked out and we honestly believe it is becoming one of the best GUI mount utilities available.
Clonezilla has been updated to 3.3.40, drbl to 2.3.28, and partclone 0.2.61.
On various blogs I have read the people need GParted to resize NTFS filesystems with bad sectors. So what we have done is patched GParted to support bad sectors in NTFS. The GParted team advises against this and we have to agree. The best solution was to have two GParted binaries. The GParted binary that resizes NTFS is located in the system section of the panel menu and is labeled “Resize NTFS with Bad Sectors”. It should be difficult to use the “wrong” one.
You can now “lock” the screen. The screen locker is located in the right click desktop menu.
The Erase Disk program now has logging.
For those users that require RDP access, Remmina has been added to the desktop.
As always Parted Magic comes with a large number of program updates. The Linux kernel was updated to 3.8.13, all the latest Xorg drivers, and a large number of core programs.
Take a look at the changelog for the full list of program updates and changes.
Parted Magic 2013_05_01
The Parted Magic project is proud to announce another stable release of the popular partitioning and system rescue environment. This has been by far the most ambitious release of Parted Magic to date. Take a look at all the new features and improvements!
EFI booting support from CDROM has been greatly improved.
Erase Disk has a new menu with translations.
f2fs-tools has been added. You an also create a f2fs with GParted. The GParted team graciously excepted our patch and merged it with version 0.16.0 of GParted.
A new “forcevesa” kernel command line option has been added. This works with cards like the MGA G200* series.
The Parted Magic Wipe Free Space GUI has been translated.
We have created a simple GTK+ GUI for chntpw. It should make changing Windows passwords much easier.
The Xorg Server has been upgraded to 1.14.1 with all the latest Xorg drivers.
SpaceFM now manages the desktop. You can now drag and drop icons to the desktop or /root/Desktop folders. The right click menu allows the creation of files and folders. That means you can keep your files on the desktop again. :)
Jeex and Hexedit have been added to the SpaceFM right click “Open” menu. This makes it much easier to edit files directly. “Open terminal here” and “Show hidden files” have also been added to the right click menu.
We have written a new program to help prepare USB drives for booting Parted Magic. It's called “USB Boot Flash”. This code was based off “bootflash” from Puppy Linux.
Firefox has been upgraded to version 20.0.1.
We wrote a new program called “Parted Magic Mount” to replace mount-gtk.
The fstab daemon has been completely redesigned. It works much faster and it's a lot more accurate then it ever has been. Because of the new design it polls every 5 seconds instead of 10. If a change is detected, the device probe and fstab changes are made in about 1 second on most machines.
GParted has been upgraded to version 0.16.1. This version corrects the segfaults found in the 0.15.0 and 0.16.0 releases. It's been well tested by us and the GParted team.
Clonezilla has been upgraded to version 3.3.10 and DRBL to version 2.3.10.
There has also been a number of added programs: chkrootkit-0.49, gdmap-0.8.1, sg3_utils-1.35, jeex-12.0, xterm-291, rdesktop-1.7.1, putty-0.62, and f2fs-tools-1.1.0.
The Linux kernel has been upgraded to version 3.8.10 with reiser4 support.
The following programs have been removed: udisks, mount-gtk, Rox-filer, feh, and imlib.
See the changelog for a complete list of updated packages. There are a lot of them!
Parted Magic 2013_02_28
The Parted Magic project is proud to announce another stable release of the popular partitioning and system rescue environment. Since the last release many new improvements and updates have taking place.
Parted Magic now supports booting from EFI BIOS. The kernel has been upgraded to Linux 3.7.9 with fixes for the bug bricking Samsung laptops using EFI and the samsung-laptop module. It's safe to use EFI and Parted Magic in this release. Thanks to czernitko from Czernitko's Corner for helping us put this together.
chntpw has been added to the boot menu once again.
A new kernel command line option “wicd” allows you to easily switch between Network Manager and WICD.
A bug affecting networking detection in Clonezilla has been fixed.
Added de, fr, it, ja, nb, pl, pt_BR, ru, zh_CN, zh_TW translations to the new shutdown menu.
The program wipefreespace has been added and we spent a lot of time make a nice GTK+ GUI to make it easier to use. It can be accessed from the Disk Eraser menu on the desktop.
NetworkManager and network-manager-applet have been updated to 0.9.8.0. A bug in Parted Magic that was causing the authentication dialog from starting has been fixed. Wireless is far easier to use now.
Following programs have been added: parallel-20120322, libxslt-1.1.26, secure-delete-3.1, wipefreespace-1.7.2, and minicom-2.6.
This version of Parted Magic brings all the Xorg packages up to date, adds Spanish language support, and a much improved Shut Down Menu.
In the last release there were some issues with the Xorg 13 series. Some people were getting black screens. Reports have come in and most of this seems to be corrected by adjusting some udev rules, pulling a few Xorg drivers from git, and updating to the 3.7.5 Linux kernel.
Lots of packages have been recompiled to add the Spanish locales. The syslinux menu has also been updated with Spanish language entries. Spanish is now very well supported in Parted Magic.
The Shut Down Menu has been redesigned to be completely ran with or without the mouse. It can also be translated, though English and Spanish are the completed languages at this time.
Lots of people were having trouble finding the panel menu button because it was simply the Parted Magic logo and it didn't look clickable. We replaced it with a familiar looking button typically found on most Smart Phones.
You can now use the Clonezilla rescue iso option. Thanks to Steven Shiau for helping me get this working in Parted Magic.
Firefox is updated to the latest 18.0.1 release.
The CD Save Session routine now uses the Xfburn GUI instead of the command line tools with fixed options. This was reported to have improved performance.
Last but not least, the versions have been mixed up a little bit again. pmagic_2013_01_29.iso: Both i686 and x86_64 kernels. The menu has been reworked so they can easily both be used on the same disk. pmagic_2013_01_29_i686.iso: This only has the i686 PAE SMP kernel. pmagic_2013_01_29_i586.iso: This kernel is compiled for i585 with PAE and SMP disabled.
See the ChangeLog for a complete list of updates.
Parted Magic 2012_12_25
It's time again for another major feature release from the most ambitious Linux based system rescue project on the planet. Once again Parted Magic includes hundreds of new features and upgrades instead of a release for the sake of a release. Take the time to read this announcement and you'll agree this is worth the download.
I have had some suggestions to make services easier to restart. So what I've done is moved service start ups out of the init file and into /etc/init.d. The syntax matches Debian, so linux system admins should feel at home. These include: alsa, cups, gpm, networkmanager, nfsd, ntp, rpc, samba, snmpd, ssh. These can also be controlled through a new app called Parted Magic Services found in the System menu.
Parted Magic now includes printing through CUPS. This isn't basic printing support seen in other mini distributions. Printing support is as good as what you would find in any major distribution.
I've had a lot of requests to update to GRUB 2.00 and it was done. Super Grub Disk was also updated to the newest release. You can access SGD from the boot menu Extras.
Are you a Truecrypt user? Parted Magic, as always, includes the latest release. You'll find Truecrypt 7.1a ready to go.
Parted Magic includes the latest Xorg server and Xorg drivers. As soon as it appears in the Xorg download mirrors, it's included the same day in the testing versions. In this release you'll find Xorg Server 1.13.1 and the newest drivers for Intel, ATI, and nVidia.
Need to surf the web? Surf it with Firefox 17.0.1.
Sometimes it takes a long time to do system back-ups and disk cloning. With Parted Magic, you don't lose the tunes in your dorm room. Parted Magic includes Audacious 3.3.1 and Asunder 1.6.2 to play and rip your music while you wait.
In previous releases Parted Magic only included a basic clipboard. Parcellite 1.0.2rc5 now provides a clipboard that stores multiple entries.
Need to check your computer for viruses? This version of Parted Magic includes the powerful Anti-Virus GUI Clamtk 4.44. The GUI for downloading the definitions has been rewritten from scratch. It now has a nice progress bar displaying download speed and time remaining.
File-roller has been updated to version 220.127.116.11. Parted Magic now supports more types of archives than any Linux distribution out of the box. If you find one that isn't included, please report it in the forum.
Parted Magic now includes a GUI for FSArchiver called QT4 FSArchiver. If you've been looking for a simple solution for back-ups, this is it!
Password cracking is now possible with John 1.7.9. A large dictionary is also included to help crack simple passwords that far too many people still use this day and age.
Need a VNC? Parted Magic now includes Tiger VNC 1.2.0 out of the box. The default VNC password is set to “partedmagic”. If you are concerned about security you might want to change that before it's used.
Netwox 5.36.0 has been a tool used by many system admins and it's now included in Parted Magic by default. As far as I can tell, no other Linux based rescue distribution has it out of the box.
Parted Magic has top notch networking support with NetworkManager 0.9.4.0 and NetworkManager Applet 0.9.4.1. WICD is located in the Network menu if that's what works better for you.
This version of Parted Magic like always includes the latest version of GParted. Not only does Parted Magic include gparted 0.14.1, Reiser4 actually works and we have exclusive exFAT support patched in GParted.
This version of Parted Magic now includes a GUI for Bluetooth with Blueman r708. Obex support is there as well.
Big fan of Clonezilla? Parted Magic has it! Clonezilla 3.0.4, DRBL 2.0.3, Partclone 0.2.55, and tcplay 0.11 are ready to go. What other distribution includes Clonzilla besides Clonezilla Live? None. ;)
A file manger is very important in a rescue environment, so Parted Magic includes the awesome SpaceFM 0.8.4 and Udevil 0.3.6 to effortlessly manage your files.
See the changelog for a complete list of upgrades and bug fixes.
Parted Magic 2012_11_30
After two months of upgrades and bugs fixes, a new version of Parted Magic is ready for release. This is a list of key changes:
QT4 Fsarchiver 6.15.2
See the changelog for the complete list of updates.
Parted Magic 2012_10_10
This version of Parted Magic includes GParted 0.14.0 with LVM support and Xorg Server 1.13.0 with the latest drivers. I noticed some Reiser4 patches for the 3.5 kernel so it was included again. The reiser4progs package was patched to work with GParted and the 3.x kernels. Rdesktop was removed in favor of FreeRDP and it's GUI Remmina. Two plugins were added to SpaceFM so you can mount SAMBA shares and use ClamAV directly from the file manager. Several minor bugs have been addressed. A large number of programs have been updated.
GParted LVM support! This enhancement was written by new GParted team member Mike Fleetwood. This is a list of new LVM features:
* Physical Volume creation
* Physical Volume checking
* Physical Volume resizing (No compaction, just adjusting size above highest used block)
* Physical Volume moving using GParted's offline move capability
* Volume Group activation / deactivation
* Physical Volume deletion
A large number of programs have been updated: mc-4.8.4, exfat-utils-0.9.8, fuse-exfat-0.9.8, firefox-15.0.1, gparted-0.13.1-git, kmod-10, alsa-utils-1.0.26, alsa-lib-1.0.26. eject-2.1.5, systemd-189, unetbootin-581, pigz-2.2.5, openssh-6.1p1, e2fsprogs-1.42.5, grep-2.14, coreutils-8.19, xorg-server-1.12.4, linux-3.5.3, bash-4.2.037, btrfs-progs-20120821, spacefm-0.7.11, udevil-0.3.2, wireless_tools.29.
A mess of bugs has also been dealt with.
The split_initrdimg.sh has been updated so it works with atftpd again. There were actually two issues. The bigger initbase file was 41MB and atftpd can only handle 32MB max file size. The other issue was a limit on the number of characters in the command line. The split files now have shorter names like part00.
Some rare USB hangs have been fixed. A udev rule included with udev-182 would cause mice to become inactive. This was fixed by updating to systemd-189. We are only using the udev portion of systemd at this time.
Please use unetbootin-581 when installing Parted Magic on a USB drive. The latest_live works now.
If you've been having issues with version 1 of the RTL8168b network card add irqpoll pci=noacpi to your append line in your boot loader or hit <TAB> and add it the end of the command line in Parted Magic's boot menu.
The default terminal running Clonezilla has been increased so menu items are not cut short.
It has been reported that some new computer's BIOS can't read FAT32. This leads to a No configuration file found error. To fix this issue, simply format your USB to FAT16. This is not a bug in Parted Magic or Syslinux.
These are some of the most notable changes from 2012_08_09. See the changelog or visit the forum for more details.
Parted Magic CDE Alpha -42
I put together a build of Parted Magic that defaults to Open CDE. If anybody is interested, I would like to put together a project that is a real working environment. I think Slackware-14.0 would be the most genuine project to build it on top of. Parted Magic is too modern of a GTK+ based system and missing most of the old X11 tools. If anybody is interested please contact me.
GParted bug fix release. This version of GParted fixes a failure to mount rescued file systems larger than 2 GiB or file systems that start after the initial 2 GiB of the disk device.
Parted Magic improvements include better support for Broadcom wireless, added a patch to fix loop encryption in mount for util-linux, and fixed the garbled serial number bug in Erase Disk when used with bad drives.
Updated programs include gptfdisk-0.8.5, lm_sensors-3.3.2, firefox-14.0.1, xf86-video-nv-2.1.20, and gparted-0.13.1.
Parted Magic 2012_07_28
Most ambitious release of Parted Magic to date! LVM hang fixed. Garbled Russian translation problem with Clonezilla fixed. Added nfs4 support for Clonezilla. Truecrypt hang fixed. Roxterm 2.6.5 replaces lxterminal. Fixed “cryptsetup luksOpen” bug. SVG icons now look like they are supposed to. Added LOG support to iptables kernel driver. HAL has been removed. You can now boot Parted Magic from Linux RAID partitions (/dev/md*). Device Mapper and LUKS Crypt should work in the next release. I'm hoping to get Parted Magic to boot from encrypted USB drives real soon. If you haven't noticed, SpaceFM is getting really awesome, check out their news page. See the Parted Magic changelog for a complete list of updates.
From the GParted site: “This release of GParted adds the ability to show if partition size differs from file system size. This new feature enables you to identify unallocated space within a partition and can suggest how you can put this space to good use. Also included are bug fixes and language translation updates. Key changes include: Show difference if partition size differs from file system size. Avoid end partition overlap when resizing extended partition.”
I went one step extra and enabled exfat support through exfat-fuse and exfat-utils in GParted. You can create, label, and check exfat with Parted Magic's GParted exfat patched version.
There are also some other notable changes. I went through and completely revamped the icon directory. Parted Magic now uses the Tango Icon Theme. It creates a very uniform look and feel. Btrfs-progs has been updated to the latest git version so it's possible to create smaller file systems. Udev has been updated to version 182.
Parted Magic 2012_07_05
Minor bug fix release with some program updates. The DFS using CIFS issue has been fixed. SpaceFM opens to /root again instead of /. Most of the panel menu items have more generic names. People that have never used Linux before are having a hard time figuring out what a mc is, a lshw, or an xfburn. :P The double unmount issue with GParted has been resolved. After adding Samba the size of Parted Magic increased enough to need an increase in the vmalloc kernel command line entry. This caused direct ISO booting to fail. “vmalloc=256MiB” is now “vmalloc=288MiB”. Please update your GRUB configuration if this applies. A few more entries were added to /root/.xinitrc to further stop power management.
New features: “Erase MBR” option added to “Erase Disk”, NVIDIA option added to “Fail Safe” boot menu. This blacklists nouveau and loads the nvidia kernel module after the NVIDIA packages are installed.
Parted Magic 2012_06_26
Lots of little changes and some new programs added. The most noticeable additions are Samba and the proprietary binary video driver from NVidia. The NVidia driver doesn't come pre-installed, but it is available as a ready to go module. Make sure you grab the drivers that match the kernel in the version of Parted Magic that you currently running. You must also disable the Nouveau driver from the Fail Safe menu.The panel has been almost completely reworked. Clonezilla and our famous “Erase Disk” program have been added to the desktop. Arandr replaces Lxrandar.
The following programs have been updated: xrandr-1.3.5, bluez-4.91, fsarchiver-0.6.15, linux-3.4.3, e2fsprogs-1.42.4, sed-4.2.1, libdrm-2.4.35, xf86-video-nouveau-git_20120614_36d3f8c, freetype-2.4.10, ddrescue-1.16, pixman-0.26.0, xorg-server-1.12.2, firefox-13.0.1, gzip-1.5, psmisc-22.18, clamav-0.97.5, ethtool-3.4.1, xz-5.0.4, conky-1.9.0., xdg-user-dirs-0.13, xdg-utils-1.1.0_rc1, boost_1_49_0, cifs-utils-5.5.
As you can see, I'm trying to do Parted Magic for a living. Well, if I don't go broke first. :) Any donations will be greatly appreciated. $1? Awesome. $100? Super Awesome. Expect more updates and more frequent releases.
This release updates clonezilla-1.2.12-60, ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs-2012.1.15AR.5, partclone-0.2.48, testdisk-6.14-WIP, bash-4.2.024, lxinput-0.3.2, menu-cache-0.3.3, xmms2-0.8DrO_o, libogg-1.2.2, libvorbis-1.3.2, lxmusic-0.4.5, mpg123-1.13.3, alsa-lib-1.0.25, alsa-utils-1.0.25. There are some new programs too. They are dislocker, libdiscid-0.2.2, libsndfile-1.0.24, kmod-8, nmap-5.51. Parted Magic uses kmod-8 by default now instead of module-init-tools. The archiving bug in SpaceFM has been fixed and ogg files now play in lxmusic. Ipex has been added to the “Extras” boot menu if anybody wants to use that to boot PXE.
Parted Magic 2012_05_30
Minor bug fix release with some added programs and updates. SpaceFM was updated to 0.7.7 and now uses udevil for device mounting. Pyneighborhood 0.5.4, Shorewall 4.4.27, Shorewall6-18.104.22.168, Gptsync 0.14, and Udevil 0.2.4 were added. Coreutils 8.17, File 5.11, Lftp 4.3.6, Mbr 1.1.11, Openssh 6.0p1, Openssl 0.9.8x, Rdesktop 1.7.1, Sshfs-fuse 2.4, Unetbootin 575, Zerofree 1.0.2, Clamav 0.97.4, E2fsprogs 1.42.3, Fuse 2.9.0, Rsync 3.0.9, Cifs-utils 5.4, Keyutils 1.5.5, Krb5 1.7.1, Curl 7.25.0, Libidn 1.25, Openldap-client 2.4.31, and Spacefm-0.7.7 were updated. The Download Java program has been completely rewritten and works more reliably now. Work on a GUI for Shorewall has started. For now it's only useful if you are not already behind a firewall provided by your router.
Parted Magic 2012_05_14
Huge updates with this one! New 3.3.6 Linux Kernel, Xorg Server 1.12.1 with the most recent drivers, SpaceFM replaces PCManFM-Mod, Udisks replaces PMount, and an optional firewall for wired connections. To enable the firewall hit <TAB> and add “firewall” at the first boot screen. All incoming traffic is blocked. Support for wireless is coming soon. See the changelog for a complete list of updated software.
Parted Magic Test
I need help testing some major changes in Parted Magic. There is a new file manager called SpaceFM that replaces PCManFM-Mod. Pmount was removed and I now use udisks. There is an iptables firewall that blocks ALL incoming traffic enabled by default. Xorg has been totally upgraded to xorg-server-1.12.1 and the latest drivers. Linux has been updated to 3.3.6.
Please report any issues in the forum or e-mail me directly. I prefer the forum, so others can see any progress.
Super duper program update release! The following programs have been updated: e2fsprogs-1.42.2, dosfstools_3.0.12, mtools_4.0.17, util-linux-2.21.1, coreutils-8.16, bootinfoscript-061, gptfdisk-0.8.4, ms-sys-2.3.0, pigz-2.2.4, safecopy-1.7, gparted-0.12.1, lzip-1.13, parted-3.1, plzip-0.8, ddrescue-1.16-rc3, dhcp-4.2.1_P1, dhcpcd-5.2.12, ethtool-2.6.36, net-tools-1.60, hdparm-9.39, wicd-1.7.2, linux-3.2.15, clonezilla-1.2.12-37, ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs-2012.1.15AR.1, testdisk-6.14-WIP, smartmontools-5.42, flashrom-0.9.5.2
Other than program updates some other issues have been addressed. FAT16/32 filesystem resizing weirdness has been fixed. Parted Magic is now using the entire util-linux and coreutils packages. This eliminates any chance a script based program uses a command option Busybox doesn't have. You can now stop extra modules and scripts from loading with nopmodules and noscripts kernel command line options. Any wireless devices using the r8712u driver didn't work when the kernel was upgraded to the 3.2 series. This includes the Dlink DWA-130 Rev E1 Wireless USB adapter and other devices that use this driver. They work now.
Parted Magic 2012_3_24
This version fixes more issues related to Busybox/Clonezilla interaction and updates a mess of Xorg drivers. The Busybox applets stat and ls no longer worked with Clonzilla. If you find anymore, let me know. Xorg drivers Nouveau-git, xf86-input-keyboard-1.6.1, xf86-video-openchrome-0.2.905, xf86-video-wsfb-0.4.0, xf86-video-glint-1.2.7, xf86-video-modesetting-0.2.0, and xf86-video-vmware-11.99.901 were updated. Programs bar_1.11.1 and md5deep-4.1 were added. Improvements were made to pmagic_shred_zero, pmagic_wipe, pmagic_wipe_part, and pmagic_erase. The other noticeable upgrades are linux-3.2.13, firefox-11.0, nwipe-0.08, and e2fsprogs-1.42.1. LVM partitions now mount correctly when using Mount Partitions.
Parted Magic 2012_2_27
Oops release. Added the real “nc” for Clonezilla. The Busybox version wasn't working anymore. I should have waited a few more days to include the new GParted 0.12.0.
Parted Magic 2012_2_19
Parted Magic 2012_2_19 updates some programs and fixes a few bugs. The most notable updates include Clonezilla 1.2.12-10, TrueCrypt 7.1, Firefox 10.0.1, and Linux 3.2.6. When busybox was compiled for the last release dpkg and ar were mistaking left out. When the last kernel was compiled, the bnep module was missed.
This release updates a few key programs. GParted has been updated to gparted-0.11.0. I pulled the nilfs patch from GIT and applied it to this release. You can find the source here: GParted source. This means you can create and move nilfs with GParted. The kernel is updated to Linux 3.1.6 and Firefox to 9.0.1.
Updated programs: firefox-9.0.1, gparted-0.11.0, linux-3.1.6, nilfs-utils-2.0.21, super_grub2_1.99b1, and syslinux-4.05.
Added progeams: cifs-utils-5.2 and keyutils_1.5.2.
Parted Magic 2011_11_24
11/24/2011: Parted Magic 2011_11_24
There are some major changes that might cause some issues with the Multi-Boot-CD crowd. For a long time the pmagic-<version>.sqfs and Initramfs would not be found on completely supported computers.
Reason #1: This was caused by Windows based zip programs failing to convert the file names properly. The file name would be named PMAGIC_<VERSION>.SQFS when burnt to the CD or copied to a USB drive. Solution: Rename the file PMAGIC_<VERSION>.SQFS and don't compress the ISO images anymore.
Reason #2: I wasn't using the mkisofs -J option when making the official ISO images. Windows file managers saw the file as PMAGIC_<VERSION>.SQFS and it would be copied to a USB drive with uppercase letters. This would cause the failure to boot. Solution: Rename the file PMAGIC_<VERSION>.SQFS and use the -J option.
Reason #3: Somebody would remaster the ISO image and not use the mkisofs -l option. This was caused by the long file name of /pmagic/initramfs. Solution: Rename the file initrd.img. Some of the most popular distributions use this name, so why not?. You can still boot the initrd.img with or without the -l option now.
Direct ISO booting: Remove _i486, _i686, or _x86_64 from the name of the ISO image. Parted Magic won't be able to find the squashfs image if you don't. Also take into account that initramfs was renamed to initrd.img.
Major Bug: There was a dummy file mistaking left in /usr/local/bin that caused the secure erase command to fail. It's been removed.
This version includes a new version system! What a nice day to roll it out. The kernel has been upgraded to Linux 3.1.0. Other major program updates include Firefox 8.0, GParted 0.10.0, ClamAV 0.97.3, gptfdisk 0.8.1, and File 5.09. Most of the work has gone into fixing smallish annoying issues and minor scripting errors.
10/2/2011: Parted Magic 6.7
Major enhancement release with many updates. Most notable updates include, Linux 3.0.4 and GParted 0.9.1. We have dropped the legacy PCManFM for PCManFM-Mod, and man is it nice. Lots a little PCManfm bugs that have existed for years are now quashed. Xfburn replaces SimpleBurn for burning CDROM/DVD media. Chntpw was added to the boot menu. Adding Luxi fonts improved international language support. Although it's not the newest released, Firefox is updated to firefox-6.0.2 and is compiled for i486 (official branding included) with permission from the Mozilla Foundation. OpenSSH is updated to 5.9p1 with the ecdsa key created by default. People have been complaining about Parted Magic being hard on laptop batteries, so CPU frequency scaling on anything with a battery is now set to “on-demand” at boot. See the changelog for all the updates. There are many.
And… A very big thank you to everybody that donated to the fish tanks. They are all up and running, and full of fish by October 1. Our store looks pretty awesome now. My wife shot a short video on October 1st to let you guys see what your generosity has built. The tanks look bare because sales this week have been that good. :)
8/3/2011: Parted Magic 6.6
This release fixes an issue when resizing NTFS file systems.
At last… Parted Magic 6.5! I know it's been a long time since the last release, but we thought it was time for a new one. Ya' know, something before people thought this project was dead. ;) After all this time we added a few fixes to make Clonezilla run better.
Lots of updates, bug fixes and new features! Parted Magic's kernel is updated to 3.0 and SMP support was removed from the i486 kernel. Some people were having issues with the Nouveau Xorg driver, so an option was added to the failsafe menu to revert back to the nv driver. If you add “clonezilla” to the kernel command line at boot time, you are brought directly into Clonezilla. There are some major improvements in handling of Radeon and Mobile4 video cards. Some major updates on popular core programs as well. Firefox was updated to 5.0, Clonezilla to 1.2.9-19, and GParted to 0.9.0.
This release fixes a few obscure typos and bugs in some of our scripts. Pburn and Pfilesearch have been added for testing. There are no menu entires yet, so run “pburn” from the command line. If there are any Puppy fans out there that can help us getting these to work as well as they do on Puppy, that would be awesome. If they work okay, then we can add them to the menu in 6.4.
The main reason for this release was to add more kernel CPU options. Parted Magic now comes in i486, i686, and x86_64. The only testing I've done with x86_64 was on my i7 machine. I've successfully chrooted into Slackware64 1337 and ran some command line programs. The i686 CPU is set to PIII, so if you are running a PII, use the i486 version instead. Please report any problems in the forum.
6/14/2011: Parted Magic 6.2
It's that time of the month again. The most noticeable change is Rox now handles the desktop icons and feh displays the desktop wallpaper. These seemed like the best light weight choices in preparation for the new PCManFM when it's released as stable. Parted was upgraded to 3.0, but GParted is still linked against LibParted 2.4 for now. All fonts should look good in Firefox if you use a language other than US English. A few other useful programs were added like ZFS Fuse, Lilo Setup, Rox Filer, and FixParts.
This version of Parted Magic includes a new Xorg build and some bug fixes. The Nouveau Xorg driver for nvidia chips is used by default now. The black screen problem with the Intel Mobile 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controllers has been fixed. A mess of other minor issues were addressed.
If you have experienced booting issues with Parted Magic, this is the version you have been waiting for. The way the kernel is handled has been completely redone. This is the reason for the new major version number. The kernel modules, udev, and firmware have been moved to the initramfs. The nice graphical boot menu that we have been using for years has been removed in favor of a very basic one. Many laptops and notebooks could not start the complex menu. A large number of major and minor bugs have been fixed as well.
It seems like it's been longer than a month, but it's time for a new release. The most notable changes are the Linux 2.6.37 Kernel, GParted 0.8.0, and the move back to Firefox as the default web browser.
We updated some programs and here is the list: fsarchiver-0.6.12, gzip-1.4, hdparm-9.37, xz-5.0.1, conky-1.8.1, ntfs-3g-2011.1.15, linux-2.6.37, gdisk-0.6.14, hdt-0.4.1, ms-sys-2.2.1, nwipe-0.04, squashfs-4.1, libxml2-2.7.8, and gparted-0.8.0.
These programs have been added: reglookup-0.12.0, firefox-3.6.13, and ntp-4.2.6p3 (ntpd starts automatically at boot).
Some of the lesser changes were fixing the “shred” bug in the “Erase Disk” menu, the boot/isolinux directory has been removed (instead we use the boot/syslinux directory and the syslinux.cfg), and /root/.conkyrc has been moved to /etc/conky/conky.conf. Some other bugs were fixed as always.
1/12/2011: Parted Magic 5.9
This version fixes some booting issues and Save Session for CD/DVD. There were a few bugs fixed in the new direct ISO booting feature. Super Grub Disk(1/2) has been updated to .9799 and 1.98s1. Some other minor issues…
12/28/2010: Parted Magic 5.8
After several months of work, a new version is ready for release. May bugs have been fixed and many core programs have been updated. You will notice the Linux 2.6.36 kernel and the newest version of the Gnome Partition Editor (GParted). There is also a mess of new stuff as well. Parted Magic now includes the SciTE text editor! For the first time the ISO image can be fully loaded into RAM and Booted. This means, for example, that the default syslinux menu can be used for a PXE boot.
The following programs have been updated: clonezilla-1.2.6-40, plpbt-5.0.11, psensor-0.4.4, linux-22.214.171.124, busybox-1.17.4, nwipe-0.03, simpleburn-1.6.0, syslinux-4.03, clamav-0.96.5, e2fsprogs-1.41.14, gparted-0.7.1
These are the new programs that were added: zerofree-1.0.1, cmospwd-5.0, open-iscsi-2.0.871, hfsprescue-0.1, gscite223
The new website has reliable RSS feeds and I will use Twitter to notify of new releases.
My Wife opened a small “Mom and Pop” pet store that specializes in Betta fish called The Betta Boutique. As far as we know, it's the only fish store in the world that sells all of their Betta fish out of filtered aquariums instead of those little cold plastic cups. She also sells entire Betta kits all ready to go. You can take a look at her website and watch the video below.
12/27/2010: Twitter and RSS
Parted Magic is now on Twitter. I'll use this to notify users of new releases and other stuff. It won't be used all that much. The RSS feed works really well now too. -Patrick
12/25/2010: New Website
Parted Magic is now using DokuWiki instead of Joomla. Joomla was too much of a handful for a simple site like Parted Magic. The entire time the Joomla site was running issues with the mysql database took up too much of my time to fix. DokuWiki only uses simple text files, so I can just ssh into my server and run a script to tar up the entire partedmagic.com folder as a perfect restoration. The new DokuWiki site is much cleaner and faster than the old one. I'm very happy with it. -Patrick
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