Gentoo Archives: gentoo-installer

From: Preston Cody <codeman@g.o>
To: gentoo-installer@l.g.o, gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-installer] Installer Version 0.4 Release Announcement
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 01:19:17
Message-Id: 5c18b7fe0608301818o3dce50d7qa782d5020c3051b6@mail.gmail.com
The Installer Team is happy to announce the 0.4 release of the Gentoo
Linux Installer.  There are two major new features in this release and
a number of smaller changes.

The biggest change is an overhaul of the partitioning code.  The
installer will now be more gentle to people's drives and not recreate
the partition map unless it must.  Also, it will now abort an install
_before_ partitioning if an unsupported layout or unknown filesystem
is found.  Note that unformatted partitions are currently considered
"unknown" by the installer for safety reasons; please format them
beforehand.

The second big change is the addition of a "Networkless" mode in the
frontends.  Selecting a networkless install pre-selects many options
and disables other options.  This is in an effort to avoid letting
users easily create configurations that will break the installation.
Because of a lack of an Internet connection, the installer limits the
packages and versions available to emerge.

There have been a few other changes, mostly bug fixes, but the same
general rules still apply.  The installer is designed to be as
flexible as possible, so despite our efforts to make it robust, if you
really try to break it, you will likely succeed.

We appologize that we have not been able to provide more features this
release; the lead developers have been pre-occupied with making the
2006.1 release and getting the Scire project off the ground.  Not to
worry though!  We still have a lot of things planned for the
installer.  Goals for the 2007.0 release include working
internationalization in the frontends, improved partitioning with
possibly LVM support, an overhaul of some of the GTK frontend screens,
and support for ppc and Alpha architectures.

As always, if you find a bug in the installer, please first READ THE
FAQ, and if it is not a known issue or fixed in CVS, please file a bug
at bugs.gentoo.org.
Enjoy!
-Codeman
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