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Benjamin Schieder

[ROCKLINUX] CLT AND NEW INSTALLER

2007 January 25 | 0 comments

Just in time for the release of the program for the Chemnitzer Linux Tage (CLT), I've finished a first preview of the new installer for ROCK Linux.

For the user, only few things have changed. You can now setup RAID using mdadm and encryption using cryptsetup-luks.

For distribution developers, a whole lot of stuff changed. The part of the installer prior to package selection has essentially been rewritten from scratch with a plugin-mechanism similiar to the one used in the rockinitrd (initial ramdisk) package.
Using shellscripts placed in the package directory, you can now easily enhance the installer. For example, to add the FOO-Filesystem to the list of possible filesystems to create, place a file stone_mod_installer_filesystems_foofs.sh into the directory of the foofsutils package with the following content:

MKFS_PROGRAMS="${MKFS_PROGRAMS} 'FOO Filesystem' 'mkfs.foo'"

The file will automatically be installed with the foofsutils package and appear in the installer. Doesn't get much easier than that, does it?

In unrelated news, the program for the Chemnitzer Linux Tage is out. There will be a ROCK Linux Workshop there. If you are going to be there, be sure to bring a laptop that you are root on! There will be a way to do it without, but that'll be just an emergency solution. Also, you won't be able to play around with ROCK on the train home :-)


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