[arch-releng] [arch-dev-public] draft for new isos

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Fri Jul 20 14:51:07 EDT 2012

Am 17.07.2012 23:50, schrieb Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi:
> On 07/17/2012 06:41 PM, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
>> Hi,
>> we really need to write a news istem about new isos etc.. Here are some
>> points we should mention:
>> * removed aif for now
>> * looking for aif contributors and/or maintainer (need to ask Dieter if
>> he likes to guide applicants or never wants to toch aif again -))
>> * new arch install scripts
>> * keyring is initialized on bootup; signature verification is enabled
>> by default. keyring is copied to target system in pacstrap
>> * need community help with documentation
>> * only one single iso (for both arches, no core repo included)
>> * regular (can we agree on monthly here?) releases
>> * we should mention that the iso itself is signed and that it really
>> should be verified
>> Anything I missed? Would anybody like to write up some actual text? :-)
>> Greetings,
>> Pierre
> ** This is a list of end-user visible features/fixes since 2011.08.19
> from "archiso side".
> Features:
> * COW persistent: COW files can be stored in any place (see cow_*=
> boot params)
> * New boot parm img_label= for ISO loopback boot method
> * /bootmnt is now at /run/archiso/bootmnt
> * Network boot (PXE) via HTTP and NFS with DNS support from initramfs
> * Syslinux menu for selecting boot method (HTTP/NFS/NBD) when PXE is used
> * Setting up a PXE from live-enviroment is now trivially since syslinux *.cfg
>   reorder/unification.
> * KMS modules added to initramfs
> * checksum= option is performed only for SquashFS images
> * EFI boot support on CD-ROM via "El Torito" (very basic and trivial
> but functional)
>   Instructions provided to make an "USB-key" EFI-ready from ISO, is
> documented on README.
> * README update with much more documentation.
> Fixes:
> * ISO loopback boot method (no more earlymodules=loop workaround needed)
> * Serial console not enabled in dual-isos at syslinux.
> * Updated needed parts to match current packages changes.
> ** From dev-user (who want to build ISOs yourself), there are lots of
> interesting changes and fixes
>    see the git log for details since commit
> 61114497b219efa865ae2ecda414e23a689a66bd

Instead of putting all this into the news item and might be better to
link to e.g. a wiki article for details and just mention the top
highlights on the news. Some features might need a longer explanation;
e.g. where do I find those cow_* params and how do I use loopback boot



Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

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