NetPoldo Rescue System NetPoldo is a lightweight Debian family live system intended for rescue, maintenance or installation purposes. It is delivered as easy to use components for PXE or simple boot system solutions and is available both for the i386 architecture as for the amd64 based on some Ubuntu and Debian versions.

NetPoldo Rescue System - Release Notes

Release Scope

This is the eighth experimental release of NetPoldo. Other than the previous releases, which came with a plenty of highlights, also this release is mainly intended as a consolidation and upstream release and contains some useful improvements, some new packages and the long awaited update to current upstream versions of Debian and Ubuntu.

As a premiere, this release includes the first edition of netpoldo for Debian 8 Beta (jessie) and Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty). Since the repositories of Ubuntu 8.04 (hardy) are now offline, the corresponding version of netpoldo will not be updated any more.

What's new in Version 53 (2014-09-28)

  • UIC updated to version 0.17.0

Shipped Versions

The following versions of NetPoldo are available for download:

  Base OS                 | Platform | Archive
 -------------------------|----------|-----------------------------------------
  Debian 8 "jessie"       | i386     | netpoldo-debian-8.0.0-53-i386.tar.gz
  Debian 8 "jessie"       | amd64    | netpoldo-debian-8.0.0-53-amd64.tar.gz
  Debian 7 "wheezy"       | i386     | netpoldo-debian-7.6.0-53-i386.tar.gz
  Debian 7 "wheezy"       | amd64    | netpoldo-debian-7.6.0-53-amd64.tar.gz
  Debian 6 "squeeze"      | i386     | netpoldo-debian-6.0.10-53-i386.tar.gz
  Debian 6 "squeeze"      | amd64    | netpoldo-debian-6.0.10-53-amd64.tar.gz
  Ubuntu 14.04 "trusty"   | i386     | netpoldo-ubuntu-14.04.1-53-i386.tar.gz
  Ubuntu 14.04 "trusty"   | amd64    | netpoldo-ubuntu-14.04.1-53-amd64.tar.gz
  Ubuntu 12.04 "precise"  | i386     | netpoldo-ubuntu-12.04.5-53-i386.tar.gz
  Ubuntu 12.04 "precise"  | amd64    | netpoldo-ubuntu-12.04.5-53-amd64.tar.gz
  Ubuntu 10.04 "lucid"    | i386     | netpoldo-ubuntu-10.04.5-53-i386.tar.gz
  Ubuntu 10.04 "lucid"    | amd64    | netpoldo-ubuntu-10.04.5-53-amd64.tar.gz

Included Software

In addition to the minimal system, the following additional packages are included in this version of NetPoldo:

  • Connectivity and Usability

    • dnsutils
    • host
    • ftp
    • ssh
    • rsync
    • screen
    • nano
    • lsof
  • File Systems

    • nfs-common
    • ntfs-3g
    • sshfs
    • dosfstools
  • File System and Volume Tools

    • syslinux including extlinux binary
    • mdadm
    • squashfs-tools
    • open-iscsi
    • dmsetup
    • parted
    • mtools
    • extundelete
    • recover (not included in Debian 8 and Ubuntu Trusty)
    • e2undel (not included in Debian 8 and Ubuntu Trusty)
    • chntpw
  • Installation and deployment tools
    • partimage (not included in netpoldo-1004-64 because the package is not available for amd64 in this version of Ubuntu)
    • uic

A complete package list is included as package-list.txt in each distribution archive. When running, the user can install additional software into the live system by using the standard commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install <package>

Issuing apt-get update is mandatory, since the live filesystem does not contain any cached package source listing in order to save as much as possible memory.

Memory Usage

The following memory usage values have been determined approximatively one minute after completion of the boot process based on the selected NetPoldo image:

  Version              | Local  | Integrated | Net
 ----------------------|--------|------------|--------
  Debian 8 - i386      | 119.1M |     231.9M | 117.9M
  Debian 8 - amd64     | 142.5M |     253.3M | 137.5M
  Debian 7 - i386      |  83.6M |     183.5M |  86.1M
  Debian 7 - amd64     | 103.4M |     204.5M | 105.5M
  Debian 6 - i386      |  72.0M |     154.6M |  78.9M
  Debian 6 - amd64     |  92.2M |     174.8M |  99.3M
  Ubuntu 14.04 - i386  | 107.2M |     237.6M | 107.2M
  Ubuntu 14.04 - amd64 | 140.5M |     272.8M | 140.7M
  Ubuntu 12.04 - i386  |  92.4M |     190.7M |  92.9M
  Ubuntu 12.04 - amd64 | 118.6M |     220.2M | 119.1M
  Ubuntu 10.04 - i386  |  80.8M |     172.5M |  82.0M
  Ubuntu 10.04 - amd64 | 116.9M |     208.4M | 117.2M

The following method was used:

  echo $(($(grep MemTotal /proc/meminfo | awk '{print $2}') - \
    $(grep MemFree /proc/meminfo | awk '{print $2}') ))

Known Problems

At the time of this release there are no known issues with the currently shipped configurations.

Release History

Version 51 released on 2014-05-16

  • UIC updated to version 0.16.6
  • New software packages
    • rsync
    • partimage
    • dosfstools and mtools
    • syslinux (including extlinux binary)
    • extundelete (not included in Ubuntu 10.04 and Debian 6 versions)
    • recover (not included in Debian 8 versions)
    • e2undel (not included in Debian 8 versions)
  • New flavour based on Debian Jessie 8 Beta
  • New flavour based on Ubuntu Trusty 14.04
  • New command line switch settimezone=<AREA>/<ZONE> allows to configure the time zone of the system
  • Added support for more keyboard layouts (Chinese, English United Kingdom, Portoguese, Romenian, Russian)

Version 49 released on 2013-03-14

  • Support for Debian Wheezy 7.0.0
  • UIC updated to version 0.15

Version 47 released on 2012-06-05

  • Additional package syslinux
  • UIC updated to version 0.15
  • Improvements in the handling of root passwords

Version 45 released on 2012-05-14

  • Support for Debian Squeeze 6.0.5

Version 43 released on 2012-04-29

  • Final version of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Included uic - the Ubuntu Installation Creator

Version 41 released on 2012-04-17

  • Support for autodetection of the device with the filesystem containing the compressed root filesystem. Autodetection is enabled by specifying root=/dev/detect on the kernel commandline
  • New tool memused

Version 39 released on 2012-03-31

  • First public release containing the ubuntu based versions of 8.04, 10.04 and the beta of 12.04 both for amd64 and x86.
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