Here's a quick status update on the installer project.
- Quite a bit of conversation has been taking place about what
partitioning tools are "safe" and "stable" on what architectures. As you
may have suspected, this is different on each arch and on some, none are
a safe bet. A generic partitioning framework has been started that
should (eventually) accommodate all archs that Gentoo runs on (or may
run on in the future). This set of python classes will most likely be
released as a separate package for other projects to make use of.
- An object network notification system has been built which will allow
any python object to register itself as an "observer" and receive events
as they happen in real time. (Not checked in yet, undergoing external
testing and being considered for separate release as well.)
- Work has been done on file encryption for the protection of installer
profiles that may be stored in unsecured locations.
- Some todo lists, documents, and other items have seen updates.
We are still moving along to a testable prototype (in some fashion) and
will let everyone know when there is something substantial to really
test. That said, we are approaching that point at a much better rate.
Partitioning is a major sticking point due to its arch dependent nature
and the ability to render a machine unusable if the code is not just right.
As always, I'll finish with an open invite to those interested in the
installer project to join us in #gentoo-installer (irc.freenode.net).
Most (if not all) of the developer communication and working out of
ideas happens here.
Questions, comments, feedback welcome.
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