Trinity Rescue Kit
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (June 2010)|
|Company / developer||Tom Kerremans|
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest stable release||3.4 build 372 / April 29, 2011|
Trinity Rescue Kit (also known as TRK) is a free command-line Live CD Linux distribution created especially for rescuing Windows PCs. It is aimed specifically at offline operations for Windows and Linux systems such as rescue, repair, password resets and disk cloning. Its virusscan encompasses five antivirus programs.
Trinity Rescue Kit is bootable from a CD, USB media or a network using PXE. Documentation for TRK exists both on the website, as well as in the console by using the command "trkhelp -l -t". Trinity Rescue Kit omits the standard Linux manual command in order to preserve space. In addition, there are tools to migrate TRK from an ISO image to a bootable USB device and vice versa.
Starting in 2001, after creating a bootable DOS-based CD of proprietary software for offline operations (named "The Vault"), Belgian developer, Tom Kerremans decided to create a free bootable Linux CD.
The purpose would be to include free tools that could help rescue a Windows installation that was being problematic. Binaries and scripts from other distributions inspired the Trinity Rescue Kit. Sources included Mandriva 2005 and the Fedora Cores 3 and 4. The startup procedure and methods, and many scripts, are custom-made for Trinity Rescue Kit.
TRK 3.3 was based on Linux 2.6.26.
- 6 consoles (accessed using alt+F1, etc.)
- The ability to update itself (antivirus definitions/drivers) if burned onto a CD-RW
- Data Recovery Tools
- Clone Windows over a network
- Antivirus Scanner
- Reset Windows passwords
- Read/Write to NTFS partitions through ntfs-3g
- clonentfs allows copying of all used space on a drive
- Better support for Vista in build 321
- Edit partition layout
- SSH Server
- Samba server
- Share all local drives on network as a user or a guest
- Logical Volume Management
- Proxy server support
- Bridging Capabilities
- Allows tcpdump when traffic passes other computers
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