Finnix 90.0 release notes

Finnix, the LiveCD for system administrators

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Vitals

  • Linux 2.6.22 (based on Debian 2.6.22-4)
  • Debian testing (2007-10-19)
  • Unionfs 2.1.6
  • Squashfs 3.1-r2
  • Packages: x86, PowerPC
  • Development codename: Kaukauna
  • Build: 2084 (x86), 162 (PowerPC)

Download

Filename Arch Size Released
finnix-90.0.iso x86 115MiB 2007-10-22
finnix-ppc-90.0.iso PowerPC 126MiB 2007-10-22

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Major new features

New Linux kernel

For the last 3 versions, Finnix has remained at kernel 2.6.18. After much delay, Finnix 90.0 includes Linux 2.6.22. Finnix 90.0's kernel includes support for both UnionFS 2 and AUFS, with UnionFS as the default for stability reasons.

Faster booting

Finnix 90.0 will now boot even quicker, about 8 seconds quicker than Finnix 89.0!

SATA CD-ROM booting

Finnix 90.0 can now be booted using Serial ATA (SATA) CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives. This is in addition to the many other existing ways to boot Finnix: Parallel ATA CD/DVD drive, SCSI CD/DVD drive, USB thumb drive, hard drive, netboot, or virtualized (User Mode Linux, Xen).

Known issues

  • None at this time

Changes

89.2 -> 90.0

  • dist-upgrade
  • Kernel upgrade, 2.6.22
  • Added both UnionFS2 and AUFS, UnionFS2 enabled by default
  • Removed pcimodules scan and settle time, everything is now within udev
  • udev skipping added to "nohwsetup" boot param, will boot in minimal mode
  • SATA modules added to initrd
  • ssh-agent detection fixed, will now no longer try to start ssh-agent if you SSH into Finnix with agent forwarding enabled
  • initrd ramdisk calculation fixed, Finnix can now be booted with 16GiB or more RAM
  • Added bash alias "shredscan" -- uses badblocks to do a quick destructive scan
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