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Linux Distribution: Parted Magic
Url: http://partedmagic.com

 
Parted Magic is a 30 MB live CD/USB/PXE with its elemental purpose being to partition hard drives.

About Parted Magic
Parted Magic is a Linux LiveCD/USB/PXE with its elemental purpose being to partition hard drives.

Optimized at approximately 30MB, the Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, ddrescue, etc.) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of fileystem tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: aufs, ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, ocfs2, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, and zfs.

The latest version is updated with: Linux-2.6.22, parted-1.8.7, ntfsprogs-200702071432 (with Windows Vista support), ntfs-3g-1.710, and GParted-0.3.4.

The current Xserver is xorg-server-1.3.0.0 with the following drivers: apm, ark, ati, chips, cirrus, cyrix, glint, i128, i740, i810, mga, neomagic, nv, r128, riva128, radeon, rendition, s3, s3virge, savage, siliconmotion, sis, tdfx, tga, trident, tseng, vesa, vmware, and voodoo.

Releases:
2009-01-28 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 3.5 has been released    View
Parted Magic 3.5. This release of Parted Magic includes many new features and updated programs. The first thing you might notice is the dramatic increase in size. We are now using a Squashfs image instead of a 7zip archive. This once again allows for a 'live' option for older computers. Parted Magic doesn't use any additional RAM with the default boot option, the compression was just decreased. With the Linux 2.6.28 kernel comes the first stable ext4 file system release. We are using a highly tested SVN version of GParted to give you full control of your ext4 partitions. This includes all features for ext file systems found in previous releases. Jason Vasquez has vastly improved support of wireless devices. We hope you have a better experience with your wireless networking.
2008-12-18 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 3.3 has been released    View
This release of Parted Magic offers better support for video drivers and adds nfs. gFTP was also added and a few other core packages have been upgraded. The contents of the USB version have been altered to clean things up a bit. All GRUB files are in /boot/grub and all syslinux files are in /boot/syslinux. You will need to alter your syslinux command syntax or move the configuration file back to the root of the USB drive. See the changelog for more details.
2008-12-01 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 3.2 has been released    View
Main Changes
  • Many Bug fixes.
  • Updated to gparted-0.4.0.
  • Updated to linux-2.6.27.7 with squashfs, Reiser4, and ext4 patches.
  • Updated to dc3dd-6.12.2.
  • Updated to xarchiver-0.5.1.
  • Updated to hdparm-9.2.
  • Updated to shared-mime-info-0.51.
  • Updated to freetype-2.3.7.
  • Updated to module-init-tools-3.5.
  • Added ddcxinfo-knoppix.
  • Added ext3grep (svn revision 142).
  • Added missed libdevmapper-event.so.1.02 library.
  • Added installpkg from Slackware. I did some testing with the samba package from Slackware-current and it did indeed work. Just drop the *.tgz packages in the pmodules directory and they will automatically install at boot. Remaster the pmagic iso or just drop them in the USB version. It's that easy.
  • Fixed disk eraser script.
  • Removed fusesmb and smbnetfs. Use the full Samba package posted in the forum.
2008-10-22 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 3.1 has been released    View
Parted magic 3.1 released with only minor changes from RC1. One of the most important new developments is the HDD edition. This is a new concept in rescue and partitioning environments. It's basically a copy and paste USB distribution for system administrators and is the future of the Parted Magic project. Version 4.0 will be largely based on Slackware Linux and will offer package management and most things you would expect from a small rescue environment. My honest opinion is the death of CDs and DVDs is closer than most people think and the dominance of Flash media with read-write is the future of any system administrator's toolbox. This forum post describes the new HDD edition.
2008-10-11 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 3.1 RC1 is available    View
Parted Magic 3.1 is more of a new feature release than a bug-fix release. We added G4L and a graphical user interface for UDPcast. We switched from the Xfce desktop environment to LXDE and the artwork is also new. Major updates like X.Org 7.4, Linux kernel 2.6.27, Firefox 3.0.3, NTFS-3g 1.2918 and e2fsprogs 1.41.2 have also been added. Many bugs have been fixed and we hope we didn't add any new ones. Please test this release and report any problems in the forum.
2008-07-28 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 3.0 has been released    View
This new release of Parted Magic has the most aggressive changelog of any release to date. Almost everything has been updated and redesigned while doing our best to maintain the same user interface. The most significant changes are the additions of HAL and dbus, new Xorg server, basic wireless detection, FireFTP, udpcast, Linux-2.6.26, and many other updated and new programs. Parted Magic also has a new GRUB version of the iso and the USB version is GRUB-ready. People have been asking for a "Save Session" function and we added it.
2008-05-24 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 2.2 has been released    View
This is another update / bug-fix in the 2.0 series. I dropped VisParted because strong development is coming from the GParted camp once again. Recent updated to PCManFM have made some new things possible on the desktop and improved the look and feel. All mountable partitions and CD-ROMs are fully supported from the desktop now, so it's never been easier to access files from Parted Magic. You will find most of the bad bugs and annoyances from 2.1 have been fixed.
2008-05-08 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 2.2 has been released    View
This is another update / bugfix in the 2.0 series. I dropped VisParted because strong development is coming from the GParted camp once again. Recent updated to PCManFM have made some new things possible on the desktop and improved the look and feel. All mountable partitions and CD-ROMs are fully supported from the desktop now, so it's never been easier to access files from Parted Magic. You will find most of the bad bugs and annoyances from 2.1 have been fixed.
2008-03-03 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 2.1 is available    View
Parted Magic 2.1. This is mostly a bug-fix release. The only major improvement is support for ext4 in VisParted and Linux kernel 2.6.24.2.
2008-02-13 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 2.0 has been released    View
Parted Magic 2.0 is finally released! GParted has been forked to VisParted to add features GParted doesn't have. VisParted can read and write volume labels for most supported file systems. Point and click disk wiping was added. When you mount a partition with VisParted, a Thunar window will open at the selected location. Desktop icons are automatically created for mounted CDs, DVDs and USB flash drives. The boot menu is all new and all the boot options can be displayed by hitting F1. Networking and Firefox were added to surf the web, to get help and to view the online documents. A simple 7zip package management system was created so users can add their own stuff with little effort.
2007-10-27 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 1.9 is available    View
Parted Magic 1.9. Updated packages: Linux kernel 2.6.23, ntfsprogs 2.0.0, ntfs-3g 1.913, Conky 1.4.7, BusyBox 1.7.0, jfsutils 1.1.12, PartImage 0.6.6, Parted 1.8.8, FUSE 2.7.0, xfsprogs 2.9.3. I added all i386 keymaps from kbd. There is a label changing GUI for ReiserFS, NTFS, ext2, ext3, XFS, and JFS. A few people asked for PhotoRec and it was added. I did some hacking on GParted and you can create HFS+ file systems directly from GParted now. Added support to name the location of the Parted Magic Squashfs in the syslinux.cfg. Some other other bug fixes and script changes as well.
2007-07-27 00:00:00.0 Parted Magic 1.8 has been released    View
We added dd_rhelp, sdparm, mbr, and xfburn for starters. Updated programs: linux-2.6.22, e2fsprogs-1.40.2, ntfs-3g-1.710, dd_rescue-1.13, ddrescue-1.5, leafpad-0.8.11, file-4.21, testdisk-6.7, mdadm-2.6.1, pciutils-2.2.5, syslinux-3.51, isomaster-1.0, hdparm-7.4, xfsprogs_2.8.21-1, busybox-1.5.1, and usbutils-0.72. All menus are bypassed now. After the syslinux menu, it boots to the desktop without any other interruptions. You can now create the LiveUSB from the LiveCD by using our new 'USB Operations' program...
 
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