GRUB 2.06 Release Candidate Available For Testing

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 13 March 2021 at 03:15 AM EST. 13 Comments
GRUB 2.06 was originally anticipated for release in 2020 but then the BootHole security vulnerability foiled those plans. This long awaited bootloader update though is near with GRUB 2.06-RC1 being issued on Friday and plans to formally release it in about one month's time.

GRUB 2.06-RC1 was released on Friday by prominent GRUB developer Daniel Kiper of Oracle. This follows GRUB seeing increased cooperation among developers and distributions especially following the BootHole vulnerability. This will mark the first major GRUB bootloader update since GRUB 2.04 in 2019.

Among the changes coming with GRUB 2.06 are expanded Btrfs RAID support, LUKS2 encrypted disk support, the BootHole patches and other security work, and a number of other routine updates for this widely-used open-source bootloader.

The brief GRUB 2.06 release candidate announcement can be read on grub-devel. If all goes well, GRUB 2.06 stable will be out in April.
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