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This is a tracking page for issues that need to be dealt with before we can release RC1 of DebianInstaller for Etch.

Note that we may work around some of these issues by not including certain problematic architectures in the beta release.

  • For day-to-day issues, see ["DebianInstaller/Today"].

Release goals overview

To Do

Main Goals

All done. Maybe switch to 2.6.18 before release.

Other Goals

  • Removal of 2.4 kernel support
    • code cleanup
  • Persistent device naming
  • partman
    • Merge ext3 support into partman-basicfilesystems so it is available by default in lowmem installations
  • Graphical installer
    • automatic font switching on language selection
    • theming
    • cleaning up and debugging
    • check what is really supported and what not (mainly powerpc)
  • Fix su/sudo Gnome, depending on user's choice at install ([http://bugs.debian.org/382670 #382670])

  • Update/replacement of/for localization-config. A new localization-config with an optional udeb has been uploaded. Need testing and checking what actions are needed
    • needs serious testing and probably update of the deb

  • SELinux support
  • Support installation of Sarge?
  • Various
    • Change "link in /" to "link in /boot"?
    • Switch from dhcp to dhcp3 in d-i and for installed system
    • Add option to load additional CDs during pkgsel (needs support in cdebconf for switching CDs during tasksel?)
    • Recognize netinst/full CD installs so we can lower priority on the "use mirror" question in apt-setup; note: this may make installing KDE task from full CD practically impossible
    • Make "expert" install default to "priority=medium"?


  • Switch to 2.6.17
    • Note: we may yet switch to 2.6.18 if it is ready to migrate in time
  • Add/check 2.6 floppies for i386, sparc
  • Removal of 2.4 kernel support
  • partman
    • partman-auto user interface change
    • partman-auto-crypto
      • needs documenting

    • ext3: now with resize_inode and dir_index by default
    • Preseeded automated RAID installs (partman-auto-raid stuff, partman-auto/grub-installer) from Simon Huggins
  • Philip Hand's auto-install support
    • needs testing and documenting

  • Graphical installer
  • Language support
    • Added: Marathi
    • No longer supported: Belarusian, Xhosa, Gaelic, (Tamil, Georgian)
  • Various


  • Blocking
  • Maybe blocking
    • NTFS resize corruption for Vista partitions (NTFS 3.1) ([http://bugs.debian.org/379835 #379835])

      • Patch committed for partman-partitioning that disables partitioning for Vista partitions; needs improvement because XP also uses 3.1!
    • XOrg upgrade warning (now at medium prio, but still...)
    • "device switching" after reboot on systems with multiple NICs or HD controllers; is really an old issue but occurs more frequently after switch to udev (see persistent device naming above)
    • Graphical installer
      • Usability: <enter> does not activate <Continue> button for some template types

    • Some issues for ppc:
      • floppy installations broken because device node for swim3 module is not generated by udev (probably kernel issue)
      • some subarches currently disabled
      • Airport Extreme broken in 2.6.16 ([http://bugs.debian.org/358833 #358833]; reported by Eugen Dedu)

      • snd-powermac no longer loaded by default as it will lock up some systems; add to /etc/modules manually
  • Non-blocking

To Do before release

  • Wanted packages
    • apt (
    • newt (0.52.2-8)
    • new parted (? - ABI change!)
    • new libs for g-i, including gtk2-engines
    • ...
  • Check d-i memory usage (all arches!)
    • Test free memory check in partman-(auto-)crypto
  • Check status/issues/migration for non-d-i udebs
  • udeb removals (temporary, unofficial g-i udebs)
  • Request removals for remaining 2.2/2.4 kernels and kernel udebs
  • Update debian-cd
    • No longer include 2.4 stuff
    • Update tasks and popcon (done)

    • Re-enable -tape for s/390 in tools/boot/etch/boot-s390

    • Remove redundant boot params (ramdisk_size, root) for hppa, sparc
  • Finish last bits of udeb transition (not required)

Post-RC1 development

Hopefully not much...

Post-Etch development

  • Supplemental repository support for udebs
    • Started by Bastian Blank, probably won't happen for beta3; work parked in people/waldi

  • Implement/improve/test IPv6 support
    • unlikely for Etch as busybox lacks IPv6 support for e.g. wget