Recently the launch of the new version of Linux distribution "Clonezilla Live 3.0.0", which is designed for fast disk cloning (only used blocks are copied). The tasks performed by the distribution are similar to those of the proprietary product Norton Ghost.
For those who are unaware of this distribution, they should know that is based on Debian GNU / Linux and in his work he uses the code of projects like DRBL, Partition Image, ntfsclone, partclone, udpcast.
It is bootable from CD / DVD, USB Flash and network (PXE). LVM2 and FS supported ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs, f2fs, nilfs2, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, HFS +, UFS, minix, VMFS3 and VMFS5 (VMWare ESX).
In Clonezilla there is a mass cloning mode over the network, which includes the transmission of traffic in multicast mode, which allows the source disk to be cloned simultaneously on a large number of client machines, in addition to the fact that it is possible both to clone from one disk to another and to create backup copies by saving a disk image in a file. Cloning is possible at the level of entire disks or individual partitions.
Clonezilla main features
- The Supported file systems are as follows: ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs of GNU / Linux, FAT, NTFS of MS Windows, HFS + of Mac OS, UFS of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD and VMFS of VMWare ESX.
- Multicast support, which is very useful when cloning systems in bulk.
- You can rely on Partclone (default), Partimage (optional), ntfsclone (optional), or dd to create the image or clone a partition. However, it is also possible to clone entire disks and not just separate partitions.
- Using drbl-winroll it is possible to automatically change the server name, group and SID of the cloned Win system.
There is a bulk cloning mode in multicast mode, which allows you to simultaneously clone the source disk on a large number of client machines.
Main new features of Clonezilla Live 3.0.0
In this new version that is presented of the distribution the system base is in sync with the Debian Sid package base from May 22, in addition to Linux kernel has been updated to version 5.17 (before 5.15) and the Partclone toolkit has been updated to version 0.3.20.
Another novelty that stands out in this new version is that added support for imaging and cloning partitions with FS APFS (Apple File System).
It is also highlighted that added support for backing up encrypted partitions in LUKS format and that the live image includes the wavemon, memtester, edac-utils, shc, and uml-utilities packages. The s3ql package was removed from the main composition.
On the other hand, we can also find that an improved mechanism is proposed to check the GPT/MBR format and added use_os_prober=no boot option to disable os-prober from starting and use_dev_list_cache=no option to disable use of available device cache.
In addition to this, it is also highlighted that an empty option "-k0" was added to the ocs-sr and ocs-onthefly utilities to create partitions using the default configuration, as well as that a memory test utility call was added to the menu uEFI boot.
Finally if you want to know more about it About this release, you can check the details of the announcement In the following link.
Download Clonezilla Live 3.0.0
If you are interested in being able to download the new version of Clonezilla to be able to test it or make your backups immediately. You just have to go to the official website of the project and in the download section we will find the link to download the system, or if you prefer I leave the link here.
The size of the distribution iso image is 356 MB (i686, amd64).
As for the amount of requirements for the execution of Clonezilla, it is minimal, since the system does not have a graphical interface, so it is only limited to use through the terminal.