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Announcing GRUB 1.97.2

Item posted by Robert Millan <robertmh> on Sun 24 Jan 2010 09:12:06 PM UTC.

GNU GRUB version 1.97.2 has been released.

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 a bug-fix release for a number of problems (excerpt from NEWS file is attached) that were found after GRUB 1.97.1 was released.

Most importantly, it fixes two problems with header files of BSD origin:

  - A number of header declarations had their copyright/license headers missing.  They had been imported in GRUB Legacy many years ago, and recently found their way into the 1.97 release.  Vladimir Serbinenko spotted this problem and fixed it by tracking down the header origin and adding the missing copyright and license.

  - In one of those cases (the bootinfo structure, used for booting the kernel of FreeBSD), the original license was the unrevised BSD license with advertisement clause [*], which made it impossible for 3rd parties to comply with GPL requirements and legally distribute GRUB.  Again, Vladimir fixed this by rewriting the bootinfo struct declaration.


We apologize for the inconvenience; the GRUB project is very strict with license verification, even more with GRUB 2 than with GRUB Legacy, but in this case the problem was introduced very early in GRUB Legacy history.

To the best of our knowledge, all issues are resolved now, but if you were to find any other problem, please don't hesitate to contact grub-devel or mail me directly about it.

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

and its GPG detached signature [*]:

[*] You can use either of the above signature file 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-1.97.2.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 DEA2C38E

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.61
  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.

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