Rescuezilla 2.5 Released, based on Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble Numbat)


Rescuezilla is a specialist Ubuntu-based distribution designed for system rescue tasks, including backups and system restoration. It was forked from the "Redo Backup & Rescue" project which was abandoned in 2012. Like its predecessor, it allows a "bare-metal restore" after any hardware failure directly from the live image. Some of the features include: works directly from the live CD/USB image; works with Linux, macOS and Windows; automatically searches a local area network for drives to backup to or restore from; recovers lost or deleted data files; includes configuration tools for managing disk and drives. Rescuezilla uses a simplified LXDE user interface.

Rescuezilla is a specialist Ubuntu-based distribution designed for system rescue tasks, including backups and system restoration. The project's latest release is version 2.5 which includes an edition based on Ubuntu 24.04.

Rescuezilla 2.5 Changelog :

* Adds release based on Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble), Ubuntu 23.10 (Mantic) and Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar) for best support of new hardware

* Upgrades to latest partclone release `v0.3.27` (released October 2023) from `v0.3.20` (which was released in April 2022)

  * This should improve issues with BTRFS filesystems, as it supports BTRFS v6.3.3, rather than v5.11 

* Added experimental command-line interface (CLI) 

  * CLI should be considered EXPERIMENTAL and UNSTABLE, and behavior may change between versions without notice

  * CLI only supports images created by Clonezilla and Rescuezilla (the other supported formats coming in future)

  * CLI only supports backup, verify, restore and clone operations (mount and unmount operations coming in future)

* Integrated Rescuezilla into the automated integration test suite scripts, to hopefully enable faster project iteration

* Continue image scan after an error, so permission denied on irrelevant folders no longer block populating the image list

* Fixed issue causing backup of Linux md RAID devices containing MBR partition tables to fail 

* Installs 'hashdeep' package as stop-gap command-line workaround for a specific user niche until Rescuezilla's UI handles it 

* Fixed failing restore and clone operations when Rescuezilla v2.4.2 booted into Portuguese language, due to a minor typo

* Prevent laptops from sleeping when is lid closed 


Rescuezilla creates backups that are fully compatible with the industry-standard Clonezilla tool. Rescuezilla works with images created by:
  • Clonezilla
  • Rescuezilla
  • Every virtual machine image format supported by the qemu-nbd utility. Eg,
    • VirtualBox’s VDI
    • VMWare’s VMDK
    • Qemu’s QCOW2
    • Hyper-V's VHDx
    • raw .dd/.img
    • ...and more!
  • Redo Rescue
  • Foxclone
  • FOG Project (still in-development: only supports Windows MBR/GPT disks due to FOG Project's more advanced image manipulation)
  • FSArchiver (restore only, not explore)
  • Apart GTK
  • Redo Backup and Recovery (v0.9.2 format, v0.9.3-v1.0.4 format and the old community updates)

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