any set dates beta? Stable?
--- Andrew Gaffney <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm posting this to gentoo-dev in addition to
> gentoo-installer, but please take
> any conversation over to the gentoo-installer ML.
> I know we've been saying that the LiveCD for the
> installer would be done in a
> few weeks for the past 5 months or so, but now it
> will only be a few more weeks.
> Just kidding!
> We are happy to announce GLI 0.1 (a.k.a "the alpha")
> along with a *real* LiveCD
> (usable X environment with goodies) as opposed to
> the normal minimal or
> universal "LiveCD". It will hit the mirrors under
> /experimental at the same
> time as the 2005.1 release.
> The LiveCD contains most of the standard GRP set as
> usable packages. This
> includes (but isn't limited to):
> * GNOME
> * fluxbox
> * enlightenment
> * Xfce4
> * Firefox
> * Thunderbird
> * OpenOffice.org (Ximian goodness)
> * sylpheed
> * xmms
> * gaim
> * xchat
> * mplayer
> Obviously, the installer will also be included. In
> GNOME, there is even a handy
> desktop launcher for the GTK frontend! We have
> strived to allow you to do
> anything with the installer that you could do if
> installing with the current
> method. Keep in mind that this is only a first
> release, and there is a lot of
> room for improvement. Here are some known
> * no /etc/portage support in the frontends
> * no way to modify runlevels in the frontends
> * only supports x86 and probably amd64 (other arches
> are in the works)
> * the GTK frontend's make.conf screen only offers a
> few options
> * no way to custom configure a kernel without a
> premade .config
> * no lvm or software raid support
> Of course, to offset these bad things, we have a few
> features that are
> available with the installer that were not available
> * livecd-kernel - the installer will install the
> kernel from the LiveCD into
> the new install so that you don't have to wait
> for genkernel to do its
> thing. It is installed as a package with emerge
> so that certain dependencies
> are satisfied (virtual/alsa for example)
> * GRP w/o an extra CD - the installer will quickpkg
> and emerge -K packages from
> the LiveCD instead of using prebuilt binary
> packages. This obsoletes the GRP
> CD, which will probably disappear in the next
> * dynamic stage3 - the installer can build a stage3
> equivalent in the chroot
> directory from the packages on the CD. This will
> be useful down the road for
> networkless installs. Currently, there is no
> snapshot on the LiveCD for
> space reasons, but play with it anyway.
> Along with the GTK frontend, there is also a
> dialog-based frontend. This is
> useful for doing remote installs via SSH. gli-dialog
> also supports some things
> that the GTK frontend doesn't and vice versa. If not
> using gnome, the
> installer can be started by running 'installer' from
> a terminal. This will try
> to launch the GTK frontend first with the
> 'installer-gtk' script. If this
> fails, it will fall back to the dialog installer
> with the 'installer-dialog'
> script. If you wish to use the dialog frontend, you
> can run 'installer-dialog'
> Now, for the *most* important part...reporting bugs.
> Gentoo's bugzilla has a
> special sub-section for the installer. When you
> click the link to enter a new
> bug report, select "Gentoo Linux" and then "GLI"
> from the "Component" list.
> Please search for the bug you're reporting *before*
> creating a new bug. We
> would much rather see "me too" comments, or even the
> much more silent act of
> adding yourself to the bug's CC, than having to deal
> with tons of duplicate
> bugs. When you do encounter an error in the
> installer, try to grab
> /tmp/installprofile.xml and /var/log/install.log
> from the LiveCD environment.
> We may request them when you file a bug.
> If you've actually made it this far, congratulations
> for having an attention
> span greater than that of the average 3 year old!
> Happy installing :)
> Andrew Gaffney
> Gentoo Linux Developer
> Installer Project
> firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list
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