Frans Pop | 11 Aug 17:03 2006
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Debian Installer etch beta 3 released

The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the third beta release
of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch.

Major new features introduced with this release:
  * Option to install using a graphical user interface on i386 and amd64.
    For powerpc this option is experimental.
  * Support for setting up encrypted partitions during installation.

  Both these features currently have some limitations. See the
  extended release announcement [1] for additional information!

Other improvements in the installer:
  * First release to install the AMD64 architecture from official Debian
    mirrors.
  * The installer now has brltty support in regular images for i386,
    amd64 and powerpc which improves accessibility for visually
    handicapped people.
  * This new version of the installer uses and installs the 2.6.16
    kernel.
  * In addition to the architectures that already made the switch, 2.6
    is now the default kernel for sparc, mips, mipsel and S/390.
  * Improved installation from CD-ROM. Installation is again possible
    without also automatically including a network mirror as source.
  * Improved checks during mirror selection to determine if the mirror is
    valid for the architecture being installed.
  * For expert or preseeded installations it is now possible to set up
    the system with sudo instead of a root password.
  * Module parameters can be passed from the boot prompt using the format
    '<module name>.<parameter>=<value>'. Parameters passed this way will
    be retained for the installed system.
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Samuel Thibault | 18 Aug 16:34 2006

Re: Debian Installer etch beta 3 released

Hi,

Frans Pop, le Fri 11 Aug 2006 17:03:50 +0200, a écrit :
> The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the third beta release
> of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch.
> 
>   * The installer now has brltty support in regular images for i386,
>     amd64 and powerpc which improves accessibility for visually
>     handicapped people.

Note: the restriction to the i386, amd64 and powerpc architecture
is only a compromise between room on installer images and need for
functionnality.  If anybody needs brltty support for any other
architecture, please feel free to ask for adding brltty support for that
architecture on the debian-boot <at> lists.debian.org list.

Samuel

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Simon Bienlein | 21 Aug 18:46 2006
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Etch Beta 3: BRLTTY not installed

Hi everyone,

As I have never handed in a bug report, I will describe my problem here:

I performed a Netinst-installation on an old Compaq-processor. As this
one has little storage the installer ran in low level mode (or so). That
meant that all messages were displayed in English. For the keyboard
layout and the language I chose Germany. At the reboot after the
installation BRLTTY was not started. Hence, in blind flight, I logged in
as root and performed aptitude install brltty. The Braille display was
accepted.

Apparently, the adjustment of the language was not really successful as
the German umlauts and special characters (ö, ä, ü, ß) did not work and
aptitude did not display German messages.

It would be great if the problem with BRLTTY could be solved before the
publication.

If necessary, I can repeat the installation in a VMWare environment.

Best regards, Simon

Samuel Thibault | 21 Aug 18:50 2006

Re: Etch Beta 3: BRLTTY not installed

Simon Bienlein, le Mon 21 Aug 2006 18:46:34 +0200, a écrit :
> At the reboot after the
> installation BRLTTY was not started.

Grumbl.

What made the machine reboot?  Proper installation end?

Samuel

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Simon Bienlein | 22 Aug 10:17 2006
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Re: Etch Beta 3: BRLTTY not installed

Hi Samuel,

> What made the machine reboot?  Proper installation end?

The reboot happened after the successful installation. A message that
the new system would be started also appeared. The reboot was indeed
successful - only BRLTTY was not started. Does the installer provide a
report that I could send to you?

Best regards, Simon

Samuel Thibault | 23 Aug 00:39 2006

Re: Etch Beta 3: BRLTTY not installed

Simon Bienlein, le Tue 22 Aug 2006 10:17:19 +0200, a écrit :
> > What made the machine reboot?  Proper installation end?
> 
> The reboot happened after the successful installation. A message that
> the new system would be started also appeared. The reboot was indeed
> successful - only BRLTTY was not started. Does the installer provide a
> report that I could send to you?

Yes: /var/log/installer/syslog

Samuel

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Samuel Thibault | 23 Aug 01:56 2006

Re: Etch Beta 3: BRLTTY not installed

Hi,

Simon Bienlein, le Mon 21 Aug 2006 18:46:34 +0200, a écrit :
> At the reboot after the installation BRLTTY was not started.

Ergl, indeed.  It looks like bugs 373118 ( http://bugs.debian.org/373118
) poses problem again.

As a temporary fix, you might try, during installation, to go to console
2, and there type

mv /usr/lib/prebaseconfig.d/50brltty /usr/lib/finish-install.d/19brltty

Later, when the installer warns you that it will reboot the system,
you may want to check that /target/etc/brltty.conf exists and contains
wanted configuration.

Samuel

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Samuel Thibault | 28 Aug 23:09 2006

debian-installer and braille table selection

Hi,

I've implemented a braille table selection menu in debian-installer, so
that USB braille device users can just plug their device, boot a debian
installation CD, choose the language/country, and then choose the
braille table.  I've built a beta mini iso:

http://brl.thefreecat.org/mini.iso

Could some people test it?

Samuel


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