Gentoo Linux Installer 0.3 Release Announcement
The Gentoo Linux Installer team would like to announce version 0.3 of the
installer. This release will be an official part of the
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 The old universal and package CDs have been replaced by the Installer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separate panel on the left has been replaced by the "Future Bar" (as named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,
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
/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.
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.
Screenshots & Videos
There are updated
screenshots of both
frontends available. There are also some videos of different types of installs
using both frontends. The videos should be available via the
Gentoo bittorrent tracker. 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
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.
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