BootZilla is in serious need of a final v6 release and a next-gen plan needs to be laid out. As such, I will dedicate my entire next weekend to getting version 6 finalized, and getting version 6.5/7 planned.
Over the past several months, I’ve setup PXE booting and made my tech life easier. As such, I’ve also gotten into syslinux – which means that boot functionality in BootZilla will be vastly improved over all previous releases.
Confirmed for v6 release, BZ will include an NT password reset tool, along with memtest86+. These are the two main items I feel that every tech should have on hand. I may add a lightweight form of gparted, but will need to investigate this as a potential side-project.
Version 6.5 will be built on the 6.0 codebase, while 7.0 will likely be built within powershell or some other scripting language, utilizing built-in downloading functionality within Windows 7 and up (PowerShell 2.0+).
The current status of the project is… incomplete. There’s a handful of features I wanted in v6 that I won’t be able to offer until a later release. This includes a set of malware removal guides and screencasts to teach users how to use each application in BootZilla correctly. Most techs know enough about the tools in the kit to distinguish how to use them, but there’s the few that are just entering the business that need a bit of hand-holding – and that’s where I come in.
Going forward, I make no promises of a release date for the final v6. I do, however, want to get off this current release and move on to the next development cycle. I’d like to move the entirety of BootZilla’s framework to a single set of Powershell-powered scripts, to make it easier to update and manage errors during the build process. Windows command scripts can only go so far, and it’s becoming quite obvious that targeting newer platforms is the only way this toolkit can last another 9 years.
-Get the current development tree to stable -fix the broken links in the BZDB, and keep an eye on those links going forward.
-Finish the well-needed pstart xml files, and basic help files.
-Add the boot CD builder (or, which I much prefer, USB boot functionality), and SFX App maker (previously known as “SFXPatch”).
A whole lot of little tidbits that need a bit of time, love & care.
Here’s a picture of my cat, Boo:
Edit: And here’s the current state of the project, all zipped up from a clean build: BootZilla Beta Checkpoint (281)