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2018-01-08 NEW • Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2018_01_08 Parted Magic, a Linux distribution run from a live disc for managing hard drives and partitions, has been updated. The new version, Parted Magic 2018_01_08, introduces a new kernel with better support for a range of video cards. File system tools, such as those used to manage Btrfs and ZFS volumes, have been upgraded too. “The Linux kernel has been updated to 4.14.11. I have received a lot of glowing reviews of the newer video cards it supports and it’s stability. The 2017_09_05 release was our most successful release to date with very little complaints. Instead of changing a bunch of stuff for the sake of changing a bunch of stuff, we basically kept it the way it was. We only addressed the little issues and updated relevant software. GParted has been updated to 0.30.0. I would like to do something different with the artwork though. If anybody out there would like to create something new, contact us. Other updates: e2fsprogs 1.43.8, Mozilla Firefox 52.5.3esr, MESA 17.2.8, X.Org Server 1.19.6, OpenSSL 1.0.2n, Samba 4.4.16, NetworkManager 1.8.4, wget 1.19.2, Python 2.7.14, Ruby 2.2.8, cURL 7.56.1….” A list of new and changed packages can be found on the project’s news page and in the distribution’s changelog. Parted Magic can be purchased for $11 from the project’s online store.
About Parted Magic Parted Magic is a small live CD/USB/PXE with its elemental purpose being to partition hard drives. Although GParted and Parted are the main programs, the CD/USB also offers other applications, such as Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, ddrescue, etc. In August 2013 the distribution became a commercial product and is no longer available as a free download.
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2017-09-05 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2017_09_05 Parted Magic is a live CD/USB commercial distribution which is designed to work with hard drives and disk partitions. The Parted Magic live disc can be used to manage partitions via GParted as well as rescue lost file with TestDisk. The project’s latest release, Parted Magic 2017_09_95, ships with GParted 0.29.0, version 4.12.9 of the Linux kernel and packages to support both Btrfs and ZFS. The project’s news page states: “This version of Parted Magic updates GParted, Clonezilla, Linux kernel and adds a few programs. GParted has been upgraded to version 0.29.0. Clonezilla has been updated to version 3.27.13, partclone to 0.2.91, and drbl to 2.25.6. The installation in Parted Magic has been tested by Steven Shiau. The Linux kernel has been updated to 4.12.9 and firmware as of 2017/08/28. Other updates: openvpn-2.3.17, nvme-cli-1.3, flashplayer-plugin-18.104.22.168, samba-4.4.15, mozilla-firefox-52.3.0esr, libtirpc-1.0.2, libgcrypt-1.7.8, gnupg-1.4.22, gd-2.2.4, e2fsprogs-1.43.5, curl-7.55.0, ca-certificates-20161130, btrfs-progs-v4.12, bind-9.10.5_P3, gsmartcontrol-1.0.2, zfs-on-linux-0.7.0, spl-solaris-0.7.0. Added programs: iproute2-4.4.0, iotop-0.6, ioping-0.9, fio-2.20, atop-2.2.” The Parted Magic changelog has further details. The distribution can be purchased for $11 from the project’s online store.
2017-06-12 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2017_06_12 Parted Magic is a live CD/USB commercial distribution which is designed to work with hard drives and disk partitions. The Parted Magic live disc can be used to manage partitions via GParted as well as rescue lost file with TestDisk. The latest snapshot of Parted Magic, version 2017_06_12, features a few changes, including the addition of the Filezilla file transfer application: “This version of Parted Magic adds a few leaves and branches to our slow growing oak tree. Filezilla replaces gFTP. Parted Magic now ships with a screen magnifier. The Linux kernel has been updated to 4.11.4 and includes the ZFS Linux drivers. Clonezilla has been updated to 3.25.11 and tested by Steven Shiau. And as always, this release includes updated X.Org components and security fixes. Be sure to check the new releases of Wxfixboot 2.0.1 and Ddrescuegui 1.7.1. Updated programs: X.Org Server 1.19.3, Clonezilla 3.25.11, ntfs-3g 2017.3.23, Mesa 13.0.6, Mozilla Firefox 52.1.0esr, Flashplayer plugin 22.214.171.124, Samba 4.4.14, OpenSSH 7.4p1, FreeType 2.6.3….” Information on updated packages and other changes can be found on the project’s News page and in the distribution’s change log. The latest version of Parted Magic can be purchased and downloaded for US$9.00 from the project’s online store.
2017-01-09 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2017_01_08 Parted Magic is a live CD/DVD Linux distribution for working with disk partitions and rescuing data. The latest version of the commercial distribution is Parted Magic 2017_01_08 and has been updated to use X.Org Server 1.19.0 and the kernel has been upgraded to Linux 4.9.1 with various video card fixes. The distribution now ships with support for working with ZFS volumes thanks to the ZFS on Linux kernel modules. “This version of Parted Magic comes with X.Org Server 1.19.0 and the latest open source drivers. The kernel has been updated to Linux 4.9.1 with many video card fixes. We also added a few programs and made a few minor nitpicks most people didn’t even notice. I thought the 2016_10_18 release was going to be a problem because of all the updates. It was actually the best release ever and Parted Magic 2017_01_08 builds on that. Parted Magic now ships with ZFS on Linux kernel drivers. Added programs: GRUB Customizer 5.0.6, x11vnc 0.9.13, FSlint 2.44, zerofree 1.0.4, SPL Solaris 0.7.0-git, ZFS on Linux 0.7.0git and BleachBit 1.12.” Further details can be found in the project’s release announcement. The latest version of Parted Magic can be purchased for US$9.00 from the project’s downloads page.
2016-10-18 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2016_10_18 Parted Magic is a live distribution commonly used to partition hard drives, rescue data and clone partitions. The commercial distribution has as been upgraded to feature new versions of many packages along with new artwork. “This release is by far the most aggressively upgraded version in the history of the project. Nearly 800 programs have been updated. All new artwork, icons, and themes. At the same time there have been no major changes to the layout, so everybody should feel at home. The goal was to get everything up to date without causing regressions and discomfort. Parted Magic was never meant to be a play toy. It was designed to get things done and look somewhat cool with our Steampunk looking themes. We really hope you find this release useful, because a lot of work went into it.” This version of Parted Magic features GParted 0.26.1, Linux kernel 4.8.2, Ddrescue GUI 1.6.1 and Mozilla Firefox 49.0. The release announcement goes on to mention free copies of the distribution are available to students. Parted Magic can be purchased via the project’s downloads page (starting at US$9.00).
2016-04-26 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2016_04_26 The Parted Magic distribution, an independent commercial project that provides partitioning and data recovery tools, has released a new version. The new release, Parted Magic 2016_04_26, includes several updates, including version 4.5.2 of the Linux kernel and TestDisk 7.1. The Chrome web browser has been dropped from this release. “This version of Parted Magic supports Secure Erase of NVMe SSD. These are different than ATA Solid State Drives, so a new GUI had to be written. The new GUI is very similar to the ATA Secure Erase GUI. It’s located in the ‘Erase Disk’ menu right under the ATA Secure Erase button. I’ll be working on another Secure Erase page for the new NVMe GUI. On the downside we removed Google Chrome because they quit releasing 32-bit builds. There are 64-bit Chromium modules in the Support Forum if you really need a Chrome like browser.” A complete list of changes can be found on the project’s News page. The Parted Magic distribution can be purchased through the project’s Downloads page.
2016-01-08 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2016_01_06 Patrick Verner has announced the release of Parted Magic 2016_01_06, a new stable version of the project’s commercial distribution designed primarily for disk management and data rescue tasks: “Parted Magic 2016_01_06. This version of Parted Magic updates some packages and adds some new ones. You’ll also notice our delivery service has changed from E-Junkie to DPD. Not only does it look better, but download performance is more reliable. The 1-year subscriptions no longer have to be mailed out every release. You can keep your original email to get your updated Parted Magic files. We’ll send out a simple email to let you know about stable releases. The Network manager stack was upgraded to 1.0.8. fstransform was added, this command-line program converts one file system type to another, for example XFS to ext4. isdct was added, this is a command-line tool for managing and secure erasing newer Intel SSD and NVMe devices. Updated programs: Google Chrome 47.0.2526.106, Mozilla Firefox 43.0.3, TigerVNC 1.6.0, MESA 11.0.7….” Visit the distribution’s news page to read the full release announcement. Parted Magic 2016_01_06 is available from the distribution’s online store for US$9.00 (immediate download), US$49 (annual subscription), US$19 – 40 (USB drives) or US$9 – 11 (CD or DVD).
2015-01-14 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2015_01_13 Patrick Verner has announced the release of Parted Magic 2015_01_13, an updated build of the project’s commercial distribution designed mainly for disk management and data rescue tasks: “We reorganized the ISO image and removed a little over 40 MB from the download without removing any features. We actually added a lot of stuff. In the past a few people were getting hung up on ‘Setting up system devices’. They had DVD drives hooked to ASMedia SATA3 ports. Parted Magic now boots with a DVD drive hooked to ASMedia ports. In this version you’ll notice a set of lips in the panel. A few people requested some sort of speech program, but didn’t give many details of what they wanted. I hope this is what they were looking for. You can now do a memory test from the EFI menu. Clonezilla has been updated to 3.12.7. Xfburn is now compiled to use GStreamer. Audacity 2.0.6 was added. Firefox was updated to 34.0.5.” See the project’s news page to read the release announcement with a changelog. Parted Magic 2015_01_13 is available from the distribution’s online shop for US$9.99.
2014-01-05 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2014_01_04 Patrick Verner has announced the release of Parted Magic 2014_01_04, a new version of the project’s commercial distribution with specialist tools for disk management and data rescue tasks: “This version of Parted Magic updates many programs, introduces a few news one, and adds a new module system. The most notable program updates include Linux kernel 3.12.6, ClamTK 5.01, File Roller 3.10.0, Mozilla Firefox 26.0, and GParted 0.17.0. A few programs where added. These include: Gpointing Device Settings, Rdiff Backup, Wimlib, PCRegEdit and a ton of new Perl modules for the ClamTK upgrade. We have come up with a new module system that drastically reduces the amount of RAM needed to use extra programs. The new module system works exactly like the old system. You simply place our new .sqfm packages into the pmagic/pmodules folder and they merge into the existing RAM disk without using the extra RAM needed in the uncompressed form.” Visit the project’s news page to read the full release announcement. Parted Magic 2014_01_04 is available from the distribution’s online shop for US$4.99.