The development team took their time to finalize the release of GRUB 2.02, which should soon make its way into the stable software repositories of your favorite operating system, but it’s finally here and we want to thank them for all their hard work and the awesome new features and improvements implemented so far.
Prominent features of GRUB 2.02 include Big-Endian UFS1 support, experimental 64-bit EXT2 support, GPT PReP support, the ability to use LVM UUIDs if available, proper handling of partitioned LVM, CBFS (coreboot) support, ZFS LZ4 support, ZFS features support, XFS V5 format support, as well as LVM RAID1 support.
It also ships with various fixes for non-512-byte sector devices, a new “progress” module that displays the boot progress information while reading files, support for DragonFly BSD labels and compressed HFS+ partitions, and a new “proc” filesystem framework that’s being used by LUKS encrypted disks.
GRUB 2.02 improves security by implementing an optional functionality that forces all files read by the core image from disk to have a valid detached digital signature, better handles DM-RAID partitions, and adds a new “nativedisk” command that lets users switch from firmware to native disk drivers.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht