RIP 6.6 Rescue System Has New Drivers and a Forum

Sep 19, 2008

The Recovery Is Possible (RIP) Linux rescue system is available in its newest version 6.6. A related web forum enables discussion among developers and users.

The new RIP release incorporates a version of the GParted partition editor released only days ago. The Gnome application should speed up copying and moving partitions. Moreover, it also supports the Mac HFS+ file system.

RIP 6.6 includes the WLAN driver Ath9k for draft 802.11n chipsets from Atheros, as well as drivers for the ACX100 and ACX111 wireless chips from Texas Instruments.

Meanwhile, RIP developer Kent Robotti started a RIP Linux forum that includes tips on how to extend the distribution to further applications.

RIP is a Linux Live distribution based on Slackware, primarily used for data maintenance and recovery. It provides support for a variety of hardware and file systems, including the ext family, ReiserFS and Reiser4, UDF, HFS, HPFS and NTFS. It is bootable from CD or USB external drive. ISO images are available for download from the project homepage, including the mkusb.sh script for USB flash drive partition installations and a variant for PXE networks. Linux requires a minimum 256 MByte RAM and a Pentium CPU. The kernel is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

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