SystemRescue 9.06 is available with the shiny new Xfce 4.18

SystemRescue 9.06 may only be a point release, but it has some good stuff including the newly released Xfce v6, MemTest86+ v6, and a new USB key writing tool.

We got a look at SystemRescue 9 when it came out, almost a year ago now. While version 9.06 (available here) isn’t a significantly different version number, it does, in fact, contain some significant changes that deserve a fresh look.

One important change is functional. As its name suggests, SystemRescue is designed with a specific purpose in mind: troubleshooting unstable PCs. For many years, MemTest86+ has been one of the most useful tools for this, and for a long time it has been included in the boot menu of many Linux distributions. The snag is that until very recently, MemTest86+ only ran on BIOS-based computers.

The new version of SystemRescue includes Memtest86+ version 6, which was released back in October. This is the first non-beta release in nine years, and it has a major new feature: v6 supports UEFI. This means that it only works on modern UEFI based hardware such as Intel based Apple Macs.

This is important because the best way to use MemTest86+ is to run it bare metal: first, because you can test machines that might not be able to load a modern multi-gigabyte OS due to faulty RAM; And secondly, because by booting it, MemTest86+ can test more of the device’s RAM. The program itself is small in size, taking up only 141 KB on disk. If your computer has 8GB of memory, running directly into MemTest86+ means you can test all but 0.00002 percent of it.

SystemRescue 9.06 is more useful on a toolkit than ever before, and includes the shiny new version of Xfce, too.

Another new feature is mainly cosmetic, but it’s nice to be the same: it’s the first new distro release reg The Office of Free and Open Source Software noted that it contains the final version of Xfce 4.18, which we reported was coming soon earlier this month. It’s now here, and SystemRescue includes it. It picked up on the new version pretty quickly because it’s based on Arch Linux, which is often one of the first distributions to get new versions of things – aware readers will note that the screenshot in our coverage of IceWM 3.0 uses Arch Linux. Until SystemRescue 6 in 2019, SystemRescue Gentoo was used.

The importance of having it in SystemRescue is that if you want to look at the new version of Xfce, you don’t need to install anything at all. Designed to be used as a live environment, SystemRescue is only 748MB downloadable.

Another rather neat feature external to the distro itself. It’s the new SystemRescue USBWriter app. This is a small tool for writing an ISO image to a USB key, distributed as an AppImage so that it will run on any distro. Its size is only 6MB, compared to the popular Balena Etcher app, which is 91MB. Text-based and menu-based, SystemRescue USB Writer is far less intimidating than running dd The command may accidentally overwrite the hard disk. ®


In case you were wondering, MemTest86+ is not the same as MemTest86, which is PassMark’s proprietary freeware. ®

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