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From: Chris Stahl <>
Subject: Re: Installer update 2004-10-12
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 18:19:25 +0000
i've done a bit of work on partitioning from the concepts to using
cfdisk in a script with a basic UI.  no python-based work as i don't
know python.  in anycase i'm interested in seeing what you guys can
come up with as many distros have terrible "interesting" partitioning

I have access to a number of SPARC computers as well.  possibly for
testing.  i know sparc uses a lot of odd stuff.

On Tue, 12 Oct 2004 23:34:27 -0400, Eric Sammer <esammer@g.o> wrote:
> All:
> Here's a quick update of installer status...
> - There is a push to release a user testable version of the installer
> for the 2005.0 LiveCD. This is something we are currently working with
> (and will continue to work with) the RelEng folks to make happen. This
> is obviously contingent on even more hard work by not just the official
> Gentoo developers, but the unofficial ones as well (which is everyone
> else, in case you weren't catching the underlying statement). ;)
> - Partitioning is still a headache, no two ways about it. A number of
> people are doing their own research into this topic, independently. This
> is good as different people have different ideas of how this should work
> and hopefully we'll be able to find what works faster this way. Thanks
> to those people working on this.
> - Architecture support - a touchy subject to be sure. To clarify what
> people may or may not have heard, it's true: we're concentrating on the
> x86 version of the installer BUT this is because the current team is
> made up of people with primarily x86 experience. We are NOT giving up on
> other archs. What we are doing is trying to make the best of the
> resources we have. If you want to see the arch of your choice released
> sooner, we encourage you to get involved!
> - There has been a lot of talk about Sun hardware and the size
> limitations on netboot images. Netbooting is a requirement for a lot of
> SPARC and MIPS based hardware so we need to find people who can do
> research and testing on a workable solution to getting SPARC / MIPS
> hardware to a point at which control can be passed to the installer on a
> live file system (similar to x86 hardware after booting from a cd). A
> number of other installers have worked around this (or made it work
> somehow) so we just need to find the proper resources to work through this.
> - We need people with python experience to work on arch templates for
> specific architectures, review code, test, debug, improve, and document
> code. Get involved! Yea, I mean you.
> - As always, we're looking for ways to improve what we have to make it
> more robust and flexible. Comments (that are respective and
> constructive) are invited and always welcome.
> Anyone who is interested in getting involved may speak to me (esammer)
> or any of the following people in #gentoo-installer (freenode): klieber,
> spyderous, tseng, samyron, codeman, or npmccallum. Those of you who
> aren't Gentoo devs can look over the code from the ViewCVS interface
> (see in the gentoo/src/installer directory.
> Regards.
> --
> E. Sammer
> esammer@g.o
> Gentoo Linux -

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