Finnix 120 Released After 5 Years: An Oldest System Rescue Linux Distro

Finnix is one of the oldest actively maintained and Debian GNU/Linux-based LiveCD operating systems for system administrators. Starting in 1999, Finnix released its first version in March 2000 and continued its usual release cycle of once or twice a year until it came to a standstill in 2015.

But after a hiatus of 5 years, the new version Finnix 120 ‘Oneida” has finally been released with a number of major changes. Finnix 120 is built on top of the latest Debian 10.4 buster, featuring the current long-term Linux kernel 5.4. Let’s take a look at what more it offers.

Finnix 120 ‘Oneida’: What’s New?

Finnix is a live CD distribution for system administrators to perform system recovery and network monitoring. A sysadmin can use Finnix for several other purposes such as filesystem and partition manipulation, installation of other operating systems, and boot record repair.

To further strengthen the toolset, the new version 120 includes hundreds of new utility packages. Though the ISO image size increases from 160 to 477MB, it also compensates with strong troubleshooting software.

Another major change that Finnix 120 includes is a native 64-bit AMD64 userland and kernel system. Now if you want older 32-bit 586/686/PowerPC support, you have to use the previous Finnix 109.

Moving to the modern and secure boot process, Finnix 120 includes both BIOS and UEFI boot mode with Secure Boot. Furthermore, it also discontinues other legacy features and boot modes in favor of core USB/CD booting.

Lastly, Finnix replaced its old ISO build system NEALE with a new customized system based on the debian-live build software.

If you want to give it a try, download the latest Finnix 120 ISO image from here. You can also get the old images from the same page.