Clonezilla is a free and open-source disk imaging/disk cloning program that allows you to do system deployment, system backup, and recovery. It is designed by Steven Shiau and developed by the NCHC Free Software Labs in Taiwan.

There are three variants of Clonezilla: Clonezilla live, which is a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for x86/64 based computers, Clonezilla lite server, and Clonezilla SE.

Recently, A new stable version of Clonezilla live was released with major changes including a kernel update to Linux kernel 5.10.9-1, an updated underlying GNU/Linux operating system, and the addition of exfatprogs

This release also includes other improvements and bug fixes. Let’s take a look at these changes brielfy.

New Changes in Clonezilla Live 2.7.1

Before we move ahead, here is a list of some major changes in Clonezilla live 2.7.1:

  • This release of Clonezilla live is based on the Debian Sid repository (2021/Jan/27). In other words, the underlying GNU/Linux OS got an upgrade.
  • Linux kernel was updated to 5.10.9-1.
  • Replaced exfat-utils with exfatprogs.
  • Includes package glances, ipv6calc, atop, usbtop, bashtop, python3-psutil, vnstat, and iperf3.
  • Added package f3 in Clonezilla live.

Other than the Operating System and kernel update, exfatprogs comes to Clonezilla live 2.7.1. Since Microsoft gave support for the exFAT file system in Linux, Linux-5.7 kernel and above now includes exFAT support. 

So exfatprogs was created as an official utility package for creating, fixing, and debugging the exFAT filesystem in Linux. Therefore, this release of Clonezilla live replaces exfat-utlis with exfatprogs for managing the exFAT file system.

In addition to the above changes, this version includes package glances, ipv6calc, atop, usbtop, bashtop, python3-psutil, vnstat, and iperf3. This release also includes a feature that allows persistence in the live-boot to work with Clonezilla live.

You will also notice better support for Linux Software RAID. Not just that, Clonezilla live now shows file system and partition size when listing partitions in restore parts.

Other minor improvements include reduced ezio_cache_ratio from 0.7 to 0.5 in drbl-ocs.conf, language setting for English(US) in grub.cfg, and minor changes and bug fixes.

If you’re curious, you can learn more about the technical details in the release notes.

Download Clonezilla Live Stable 2.7.1

You can download Clonezilla live stable 2.7.1 ISO for amd64, i686-pae, and i686 architectures from the official website.

What do you think about Clonezilla’s latest release? Excited about the changes? Let me know in the comments below.

Arish V

An Open-source enthusiast and proud Linux user pursuing a degree in Law. Self-taught web designer and loves Linguistics.