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Re: Debian GNU/Hurd installation wizard and live cd

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Debian GNU/Hurd installation wizard and live cd
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:53:02 +0200
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Hi Justus, 

> > I now got to testing it.
> Cool, you are the first person of who tried the installer and gave me
> some feedback :)

I didn’t expect that… and sorry for taking so long, my timescale is often 
quite long, so it took me some time to get from the decision to test it to 
actually doing the test. 

> > Sadly install2 breaks for me in qemu with
> >     mkfs.ext2: Unknown code P 6 while trying to determine filesystem
> > siz
> > (install works fine)
> > Is there a simple way to fix that?
> Hm, I just retried the installation in kvm and creating the filesystem
> worked for me. 

I just tried it again and realized my error: I had assumed that the script had 
partitioned the disk, so my disk simply wasn’t partitioned :) 

Now the install is running. 

Besides: Do you really need the tracker? Savannah has a file release system you 
could use instead. 

> I also thought about mastering a new live cd containing updated
> packages and other goodies (like the debian-ports signing key from the
> official archives :) but on the other hand I'm not sure if it's worth
> the trouble seeing that Jérémies work on the d-i seems to be
> progressing nicely and quite frankly I got almost no feedback despite
> being mentioned on last months newsletter (thanks for that ;).

What I’d love to see is a live CD with all working translators installed in 

That would enable more people to try out the cool features of the Hurd very 

…maybe the long-not-tested translators should go into /hurd/unstable/, though. 

nsmux set on / by default would be nice, too. Not necessarily as “hey, use 
this to install the Hurd on your computer” LiveCD, but as “see all these cool 
features! Don’t you want them on a qemu image to tweak them yourself?” :)

What I also like is that the LiveCD works with only -cdrom *.iso (though only 
for testing, not for installing). 

That makes it easier to test — and the created images can then be used without 
any arguments at all, which is IMHO necessary to get as many people as 
possible to test the images. 

If testing is just `qemu hurd.img`, everyone can do so in a few minutes free 
time. It needn’t be the best possible way to use it (not the way you’d use it 
at home, like some -tun options and sich), but rather a way which works and is 
really easy to explain. 

Do you already know my Hurd Intro? 

→ http://bitbucket.org/ArneBab/hurd_intro

That gives an inkling of what I’d like to see as intro, but additionally with 
subhurds and more translators. 

Do you think something like this could be integrated in the LiveCDs? Maybe as 
user „guide“? 

Best wishes, 
singing a part of the history of free software: 

- http://infinite-hands.draketo.de

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