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From: Kannan Shah <kannan@××××××××××××××××××.edu>
To: gentoo-installer@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-installer] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 04:38:33
In Reply to: [gentoo-installer] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer by Andrew Gaffney
Congradulations on the new release, I'm looking forward to using it! 

Is there any chance that an install with KDE instead of Gnome (i.e. KDE GRP?) 
could be included in the future?

If no, then what are the reasons that Gnome gets more support from you than 

I'll appreciate your response. 

Thank you,

On Sunday 26 February 2006 10:14 pm, Andrew Gaffney wrote:
> The Gentoo Linux Installer team would like to announce version 0.3 of the > installer. This release will be an official part of the 2006.0 Gentoo > release. The old universal and package CDs have been replaced by the > Installer LiveCD for the x86 architecture. An experimental AMD64 Installer > LiveCD will also be released under /experimental, and will have similar > capabilities, but it is not officially supported. > > As always, there are many improvements (and bugfixes) since the last > version. > > * Improved support for preserving existing partitions (many, many > bugfixes) * Complete rewrite of the GRP handling code: We no longer use > quickpkg and 'emerge -K', which has cut the install time for GRP about in > half. * GTK+ frontend redesign: the listing of steps that was previously in > the separate panel on the left has been replaced by the "Future Bar" (as > named and designed by blackace). This allows more space for each screen, > and it prevents the problem of the steps going off the bottom of the > screen. * More sub-progress reporting: any install step that takes more > than a few seconds will now report on its progress in a secondary progress > bar (or as part of the main progress bar in gli-dialog). Included is stuff > like partitioning, downloading a tarball, unpacking a tarball, emerging > packages, etc. > * Recommended partition layout: If you have at least 4GB of consecutive > unallocated space, the installer can create a partitioning layout for > you consisting of a 100MB /boot, a swap with a size calculated based on > amount of physical memory, and a / taking up the remaining space. > * Graceful cleanup after install failure in both frontends > > As always with improvements, there are new bugs created to go along with > them. If you do encounter a bug, make sure to save your > /tmp/installprofile.xml and /var/log/installer.log.failed from the LiveCD > right after the install fails. File a bug at > Select the "Gentoo Linux" product and the "GLI" component. If you can't > find that, just use the following link: > > > > With the installer, we have set a new world speed record for a Gentoo > install. Using gli-dialog, a local (on disk or on a local ftp/http server) > stage3 tarball, the portage snapshot on the LiveCD, and the GRP option, we > have completed an install in just under 7 minutes. This was in VMWare on a > box with an Athlon64 3200+, 1GB of memory (512MB allocated to VMWare), and > a SATA disk. The same install in the GTK+ frontend took 10:40 on a Athlon64 > 4200+ with 1GB of memory (384MB allocated to VMWare) and a SATA disk, but > the GTK+ frontend does a few things (displaying the install logfile and > compile output) that the dialog frontend does not do. > > There are updated screenshots of both frontends available at > There are also > some videos of different types of installs using both frontends. The videos > should be available via the Gentoo bittorrent tracker at > The three install types are: > > * basic: minimal install, dynamic stage3, GRP for logger, cron, and > bootloader * gnome GRP: dynamic stage3, GRP option, gnome added to extra > packages * speed test: minimal install, local stage3 tarball, GRP for > logger, cron, and bootloader > > The first two types are both networkless. > > As mentioned in the release announcement for 0.2, there is also a web-based > frontend in the works. It is the profile creation component of the network > deployment system called GLIMD (Gentoo Linux Installation Management > Daemon). GLIMD is designed to deploy multiple machines (optionally with > different profiles) simultaneously. While we have had a few successful test > installs with this method, it is still *extremely* alpha. > > -- > Andrew Gaffney > Gentoo Linux Developer Installer Project
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Re: [gentoo-installer] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer Andrew Gaffney <agaffney@g.o>