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BG-Rescue Linux

BG-Rescue Linux is a Busybox and uClibc-based rescue system with a 2.4 series Linux kernel. It supports full read/write support for NTFS using ntfs-3g. It is loaded from two floppy disks, a bootable CD-Rom, or a USB Stick. The system runs entirely in RAM. It supports a wide range of hardware (including SATA and DM/LVM2) and filesystems (including ext2/3, hfs/hfs+, and xfs) and can serve as a full backup/restore system for MS Windows systems which use FAT12/16/32 or NTFS. It also includes many utilities, including strong compresstion tools like lrzip. Automatic loading of the antivirus-program F-Prot from cdrom or usbstick is supported.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  23 Mar 2013 19:00

    Release Notes: This release adds support for CIFS, so it is now possible to mount samba/cifs shares from Windows servers. Busybox, dd_rescue, dosfstools, e2fsprogs, lrzip, and ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs have been updated to the latest available releases.

    •  04 Dec 2011 15:11

      Release Notes: This release adds support for booting from a USB stick. Therefore, it is possible to use BG-Rescue Linux to boot either from 2 floppy disks, 1 CD, or 1 USB stick. Integration of F-Prot antivirus is now compatible with the latest release. Busybox, dosfstools, ntfs-3g, and lrzip have been updated to the latest available releases.

      •  15 Jun 2011 06:52

        Release Notes: This release upgrades busybox to 1.18.4, lrzip to 0.571, ms-sys to 2.2.1, and ntfs-3g to 2011.1.15. The eltorito-boot mechanism of the bootable ISO-image was altered so that it should work on more middle-aged laptops.

        •  31 Dec 2010 15:10

          Release Notes: This release upgraded the Linux kernel to, BusyBox to 1.18.1, dosfstools to 3.0.11, e2fsprogs to 1.41.14, and lrzip to 0.551.

          •  30 Nov 2010 13:23

            Release Notes: uClibc was updated to 0.9.31 and gcc was updated to 4.2.1. The Linux kernel, busybox, dosfstools, lrzip, and ntfs-3g were updated to the most recent releases. HIGHMEM support was added to make full use of all available RAM when using lrzip 0.543. PCMCIA and umsdos support were dropped.

            Recent comments

            05 Dec 2005 12:48 hughbrown

            Great tool!
            I just used this to recover a deleted Outlook file. Excellent distro, great's staying in my CD binder!

            25 Oct 2005 03:42 Vilhojuhani

            RescueLinux with Xpde ?
            Has anyone tried Xpde (a MS XPlike windowing system) on this RescueLinux?

            How did they work together?
            How did you launch xpde while in Rescue ?

            03 Mar 2004 04:34 rasasi78

            Evaluation of the project
            I had tried it two releases ago or so, and i've just dowloaded the latest.

            The one I used worked quite fine, it was a comprehensive rescue utility.

            I'm eager to try the latest one.

            I have an only suggestion, inclusion of parted in order to resize, move partitions, etc.

            Thank you for your work.

            29 Feb 2004 05:17 bgiannone

            Re: More keyboard layouts

            > Great rescue bootdisks, but I think it
            > lacks of proper keyboard layouts.

            Thank You for Your comment. You are definitely right.
            In reply I added many new keyboard layouts.
            The new release 0.3.1 contains 30 keyboard layouts.


            28 Jan 2004 14:34 haxier

            More keyboard layouts
            Great rescue bootdisks, but I think it lacks of proper keyboard layouts.


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