[arch-dev-public] ArchISO FTP Installer - Testers Needed

Xavier shiningxc at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 18:13:18 EDT 2008

Simo Leone wrote:
> If you've got some time to kill, please give the iso a whirl. You'll
> find the installer and its documentation in its usual home at /arch/
> on the livecd system. It'd be nice to have this tested on a large
> variety of systems if possible.

I had some time to kill and a system to reinstall :)

> **I need feedback on the following regarding ISO bootup**
> - Did the grub loader work as expected?


> - Did it pick up and load the module for your network hardware?

It even loaded two, but well sadly, it didn't work twice better, I was 
so disappointed.
No seriously, there are both the iwl3945 and ipw3945 drivers available 
for that chipset, and both modules seemed to be loaded. In dmesg, I only 
saw the iwl3945 which failed to initialize because of missing firmware.
Looking at /lib/firmware, it seems the ipw firmware was there, but not 
the iwl one. I simply added the iwl firmware, removed both modules and 
reloaded iwl3945 and it all worked well.
I have a preference for iwl because it's included in the kernel and 
removes the need of that crappy daemon, but many people have big 
troubles with it. Maybe one of them should still be disabled by default.
Anyway, it's not a big deal, and it's very easy to fix, but since you 
asked :)

> - Did it pick up and load the modules for your disk controllers?


> - Any kernel panics, freezes, that sort of ugly stuff.

Nothing that ugly.

> Please keep in mind that this is not intended to be production quality
> at this point, and it's a very early version, so there are still a lot
> of sharp edges that need to be smoothed out.

Well I found it rather amazing for a very early version.

More information about the arch-dev-public mailing list