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grml, the No-Frills Linux Rescue CD--USB

Nov 16, 2010, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"You want a good end-user live CD? Go with Knoppix. You want an admin's toolbox with minimal fluff and maximum usability? Go with grml, a Debian-based live CD/USB that packs in more than 1,700 applications and utilities.

"If you've only used standard Linux distros, you're going to be in for a treat with grml — and also a few surprises. Most distros default to Bash as a shell, but grml uses zsh. (One of the grml taglines is "Linux for zsh lovers," so they really must dig zsh.) Be aware that you won't get a standard desktop experience. By default grml will start at the command line with a menu of options, including starting X.

"Booting grml

"You don't lack for options with grml. The boot menu not only offers the standard options to get into grml, but a FreeDOS option, a minimal BSD (MirOS bsd4grml), PXE boot, hardware detection tool, and Memtest. You also can choose to load grml entirely into RAM in case you need the CD-ROM for something, and it's faster. You can use it on a USB stick instead of a CD. There are several failsafe options if you have trouble booting grml due to incompatible hardware. In short — you have options."

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