Version 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.
Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix provides a robust yet lean system for data recovery and forensics. No graphical interface is used; the live system can boot and function normally on machines with very little memory or processor power. Following Ubuntu's six-month release schedule, all the software is up-to-date, stable and supported.
Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with the newest versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit, Gnu-fdisk and Clamav.
Using the Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix metapackage, you can install the toolkit on any Ubuntu system as well. You can include it on your Ubuntu Desktop live USB with persistent data.
*** Download the live CD/USB ***
The live Remix provides a full shell environment. You can download it here:
See this link for details about how to burn the ISO image to make a bootable cd. Those instructions apply to the original Ubuntu iso image but will also work with all other iso images.
This iso image is also compatible with the excellent USB Startup Disk Creator that is included with Ubuntu since 9.04 (System - Administration - USB Startup Disk Creator). Use it to put the Rescue Remix along with a persistent home on any USB flash drive.
*** Metapackage ***
Would you prefer to work with a full graphical interface?
A metapackage is available which will install the data recovery and forensics toolkit onto your current Ubuntu Desktop system.
The toolkit can also be installed on a live USB Ubuntu Desktop with persistent data. To do so boot into your USB system and add the following archive to your software channels:
Copy the line below and adding it to your system's software sources.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/arzajac/ppa/ubuntu oneiric main
Then authenticate this software source by running the following command:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys BDFD6D77
Then, install the "ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools" package.
*** Help and Development ***
If you want to expand the Rescue Remix's capabilities and features, please join in its development. Any and all help is welcome!