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Title: Debian Installer Wheezy Release Candidate 1

The Debian Installer team is pleased to announce the first release candidate of the installer for Debian Wheezy.

Improvements in this release of the installer

  • brltty:
    • Fix support for the theme=dark accessibility option (#696972).
    • Enable orca in gnome3 sessions too.
    • Please note: the gdm3 prompt isn't accessible (#694937).
  • cdebconf:
    • Fix display of info messages (e.g. “Rescue mode” in the banner).
    • Improve speech synthesis support.
  • debconf: Fix misleading man-db title for grub prompt (#679327).
  • debian-cd:
    • Improve grub menus used when booting in UEFI mode so they match up
      • better with the equivalent syslinux menus.
    • Change the default UEFI display resolution to 800x600 for maximum
      • compatibility.
    • Fix README.html generation (#699198).
  • debian-installer-utils: Fix procfs mounting on GNU/kFreeBSD (#696901).
  • grub2:
    • Improve support for EFI installs: make sure /boot/grub exists,
      • and copy unicode.pf2 there (#696962, #661789).
    • Fix infinite recursion in gettext when translation fails (#611537
      • and many others).
  • lowmem: Adjust lowmem limit for GNU/kFreeBSD needed for ZFS
    • volumes (#696786).
  • mountmedia:
    • Revert kernel bug workaround (#694082).
    • Firmware loading issues should disappear accordingly.
  • netcfg: Write network-manager configuration (included wireless settings
    • when applicable) if it's found in the installed system; configure ifupdown for wired networking otherwise (#682608).
  • oldsys-preseed:
    • Ignore a missing gateway with DHCP (#687212).
    • Use netcfg/disable_autoconfig instead of netcfg/disable_dhcp (#689531).
  • preseed: Deal with urls that consist of an unqualified machine
    • name and a port (#695908).
  • qcontrol: Disable firmware watchdog on TS-219p II and TS-419p II (#693263).
  • rootskel: Use the same keymap in the virtual consoles as the one
    • selected in the graphical installer. (#606395).
  • xorg-server: Avoid cursor jumps in virtualbox (#694598).

Hardware support changes

  • linux: Add 8021q, adm8211, at76c50x-usb, b43legacy, bnx2fc, cxgb4, cxgb4vf,
    • fnic, igbvf, int51x1, isci, iwl4965, ixgbevf, libertas_tf_usb, micrel, mlx4_en, mwifiex_pcie, mwl8k, orinoco_usb, pata_piccolo, pch_gbe, pmcraid, prism2_usb, qlge, r8187se, r8192e_pci, r8712u, rtl8192ce, rtl8192cu, rtl8192de, rtl8192se, smsc75xx, smsc9420, smsc95xx, tehuti, ums-eneub6250, ums-realtek, vt6656_stage, and vxge drivers to installer (#686605, #689159, #690886, #694348, #695437).
  • linux: Ralink wifi device IDs 5362, 5392, 539b (#694312)
  • linux: Lenovo 10/100 Ethernet USB dongle (#696248)

Localization status

  • Translation is complete in 57 languages (English included) out of 75
    • supported languages.

Known issues in this release

  • [ Errata on grub-installer ]

Feedback for this release

We do need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer, so please try it. Installer CDs, other media and everything else you will need are available at our web site.


The Debian Installer team thanks everybody who has contributed to this release.