[arch-releng] Make RC images more public?

Dieter Plaetinck dieter at plaetinck.be
Mon Aug 3 17:18:35 EDT 2009

On Mon, 3 Aug 2009 15:37:26 -0500
Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM, Gerhard Brauer<gerbra at archlinux.de> wrote:
> > Am Montag, den 03.08.2009, 15:08 -0500 schrieb Aaron Griffin:
> >> On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Gerhard Brauer<gerbra at archlinux.de> wrote:
> >
> >> > With a text like: for interested people who like to test the base things
> >> > before end of week the final arrives. We won't like to hear that your
> >> > machine could not boot with 2.6.30 kernels or virtualbox problems, but
> >> > on any issue what you see in the install procedure (most with aif).
> >> > Something like that.
> >>
> >> How about:
> >> We're looking for installation issues only, not issues with packages
> >> themselves. If the ISO boots and installs exactly as expected, then
> >> the testing is complete. Problems after the actual installation should
> >> be reported to the bug tracker as normal, but should not be reported
> >> to the Release Engineering team.
> >
> > Yes, fine. We should also tell what is new (AIF of course!, boot device
> > detection, ....) and what we like to have most tested. This were IMHO:
> > * time/timezone setting with UTC and localtime
> > * If the boot device is fine detected during archiso boot hook
> > * grub bootloader install
> > * install with usb images, if the USB chipsets are detected (or if we
> > have a massive problem according to FS#15376)
> > * general aif handling, workflow...
> Would you mind proposing some announce text, and I can do some basic
> english editing if needed?

I wrote this quickly because i'm tired:
(I'll write something better for the actual release)

We're close to releasing new official Arch installation media.

These media will bring *a lot* of new things, so we would like some broader testing.

The most important changes since 2009.02:
- usage of new AIF installer
- better disk editor with support for dm_crypt and lvm setups
- support for automated installations (deprecates quickinst)
- aufs instead of unionfs
- smarter, faster, better boot device detection (esp. for usb users)
- better date/time setting
- refactored grub installation routines
- and more...

To test this, you can try many things:
- the interactive and automatic procedures.
- net & cd-based installations
- usb vs cd-rom images, isolinux vs grub.

Our bugtracker: http://bugs.archlinux.org/proj6
Mailing list: http://www.archlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/arch-releng

New installation guide: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DeveloperWiki:Official_Arch_Linux_Install_Guide
You can get the RC's from: http://build.archlinux.org/isos/


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