Finnix 107 Is Based on Linux Kernel 3.6

The distribution also makes use of the Debian testing version

By on December 27th, 2012 15:23 GMT

Finnix, a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution ("LiveCD") for system administrators, based on Debian, is now at version 107.

Finnix 107 can be used to mount and manipulate hard drives and partitions, monitor networks, rebuild boot records, install other operating systems, and much more.

The distribution includes a lot of useful technologies which can be used by the system administrators. It's based on the Debian testing version (23 October 2012) and Linux 3.6. The codename of the current release is Oconomowoc.

Finnix is also small and it's dynamically compressed into a small bootable image. It's aimed at people who know their way around a distribution. It doesn't include any desktops, productivity tools, or sound support, in order to keep distribution size low.

Highlights of Finnix 107:

• The distro includes Linux kernel 3.6, with a fix for the infamous ext4 corruption bug;
• The average startup times have been reduced even further by the cleanup of legacy code. In addition, the shutdown procedure, which largely has not changed in years, got a revamp and is now noticeably quicker;
• The x86 ISO is now being built with the isohybrid method, which means that users can now write the ISO directly to a USB flash drive at the block level, in order to boot it;
• Support for searching for and mounting a Finnix ISO on a filesystem has been implemented. This features can be used to create a GRUB 2 configuration on a server/workstation to directly boot a Finnix ISO;
• The finnix-hwsubmit utility has been completely redesigned and the report format is now in a standardized machine-parsable yet easy-to-read format (MIME);
• A number of new packages have been included with Finnix 107, including arping, bridge-utils, chntpw, cmospwd, ifenslave-2.6, sshfs, testdisk, udftools, and zerofree.

Check out the official announcement for a complete list of changes and updates.

Download Finnix 107 right now from Softpedia.
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