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GRUB 1.98 released.

From: Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko
Subject: GRUB 1.98 released.
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2010 22:20:22 +0100
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Hello, all

I'm proud to announce the release of GNU GRUB version 1.98.

GRUB, also known as the GRand Unified Bootloader, is a modular, portable
bootloader that supports a number of platforms, including standard BIOS-based
PCs, IEEE-1275 platforms (such as the OLPC and some PowerPC/Sparc64 hardware)
and coreboot, the free (as in freedom) pre-boot initialization framework.
This is the first time that we include Yeeloong support. Yeeloong is free (as 
in freedom)
Loongson-2F-based (MIPS compliant CPU) laptop. This release can only be 
chainloaded from PMON
but on PLCC version is on its way.
This is also a first time that widget-based menu is included into official 
Other major improvements include (extract from NEWS file):

* Multiboot on EFI support.

* Saved default menu entry support, with new utilities `grub-reboot' and

* Unit testing framework.

* Support for multiple terminals.

* Encrypted password support, with a new utility `grub-mkpasswd-pbkdf2'.

* `grub-mkfloppy' removed; use `grub-mkrescue' to create floppy images.

* Add grub-probe support for GNU/Hurd.

* Add support for gettext.


A source tarball for the new release can be found at:

and its GPG detached signature [*]:

[*] You can use either of the above signature files to verify that
the corresponding file (without the .sig suffix) is intact.  First,
be sure to download both the .sig file and the corresponding tarball.
Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify grub-1.97.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys E82E4209

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.65
  Ruby 1.8.7

GCC 4.4 is the recommended version for building it, although any version
starting with 4.1.3 is supported in this release.

I hope you enjoy using GRUB as much as we enjoyed developing it.

Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko

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