Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Andrew Gaffney <agaffney@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 03:22:46
1 (This is being sent to -dev as a courtesy for those who aren't subscribed to
2 -installer. Please keep all discussion about this on the -installer ML.)
4 The Gentoo Linux Installer team would like to announce version 0.3 of the
5 installer. This release will be an official part of the 2006.0 Gentoo release.
6 The old universal and package CDs have been replaced by the Installer LiveCD for
7 the x86 architecture. An experimental AMD64 Installer LiveCD will also be
8 released under /experimental, and will have similar capabilities, but it is not
9 officially supported.
11 As always, there are many improvements (and bugfixes) since the last version.
13 * Improved support for preserving existing partitions (many, many bugfixes)
14 * Complete rewrite of the GRP handling code: We no longer use quickpkg and
15 'emerge -K', which has cut the install time for GRP about in half.
16 * GTK+ frontend redesign: the listing of steps that was previously in the
17 separate panel on the left has been replaced by the "Future Bar" (as named
18 and designed by blackace). This allows more space for each screen, and it
19 prevents the problem of the steps going off the bottom of the screen.
20 * More sub-progress reporting: any install step that takes more than a few
21 seconds will now report on its progress in a secondary progress bar (or as
22 part of the main progress bar in gli-dialog). Included is stuff like
23 partitioning, downloading a tarball, unpacking a tarball, emerging packages,
24 etc.
25 * Recommended partition layout: If you have at least 4GB of consecutive
26 unallocated space, the installer can create a partitioning layout for you
27 consisting of a 100MB /boot, a swap with a size calculated based on amount
28 of physical memory, and a / taking up the remaining space.
29 * Graceful cleanup after install failure in both frontends
31 As always with improvements, there are new bugs created to go along with them.
32 If you do encounter a bug, make sure to save your /tmp/installprofile.xml and
33 /var/log/installer.log.failed from the LiveCD right after the install fails.
34 File a bug at Select the "Gentoo Linux" product and the
35 "GLI" component. If you can't find that, just use the following link:
39 With the installer, we have set a new world speed record for a Gentoo install.
40 Using gli-dialog, a local (on disk or on a local ftp/http server) stage3
41 tarball, the portage snapshot on the LiveCD, and the GRP option, we have
42 completed an install in just under 7 minutes. This was in VMWare on a box with
43 an Athlon64 3200+, 1GB of memory (512MB allocated to VMWare), and a SATA disk.
44 The same install in the GTK+ frontend took 10:40 on a Athlon64 4200+ with 1GB
45 of memory (384MB allocated to VMWare) and a SATA disk, but the GTK+ frontend
46 does a few things (displaying the install logfile and compile output) that the
47 dialog frontend does not do.
49 There are updated screenshots of both frontends available at
50 There are also
51 some videos of different types of installs using both frontends. The videos
52 should be available via the Gentoo bittorrent tracker at
53 The three install types are:
55 * basic: minimal install, dynamic stage3, GRP for logger, cron, and bootloader
56 * gnome GRP: dynamic stage3, GRP option, gnome added to extra packages
57 * speed test: minimal install, local stage3 tarball, GRP for logger, cron, and
58 bootloader
60 The first two types are both networkless.
62 As mentioned in the release announcement for 0.2, there is also a web-based
63 frontend in the works. It is the profile creation component of the network
64 deployment system called GLIMD (Gentoo Linux Installation Management Daemon).
65 GLIMD is designed to deploy multiple machines (optionally with different
66 profiles) simultaneously. While we have had a few successful test installs with
67 this method, it is still *extremely* alpha.
69 --
70 Andrew Gaffney
71 Gentoo Linux Developer Installer Project
73 --
74 gentoo-dev@g.o mailing list