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Re: Call for 1.2 installer testing.

From: pelzflorian (Florian Pelz)
Subject: Re: Call for 1.2 installer testing.
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 22:32:08 +0200

On Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 05:23:30PM +1100, Brendan Tildesley wrote:
> Hi, I went through the installer looking for anything negative I could say
> about it :) hope there is something helpful here:

Thank you for testing!

> Unrelated driver bug: installer was just a black screen until I rebooted
> with nomodeset:
> Even with nomodeset, I get an error about no UMS supported in radeon, but it
> doesn't stop anything.

This black screen regression should be “fixed” now (commit
34d436a4082b5c5f23b00e13eb8e5a92d957d704) by passing a kernel argument
“modprobe.blacklist=radeon” which disables the radeon driver.

(This was also blacklisted in the last release 1.1.0 of Guix, see
<>.  I had removed
“modprobe.blacklist=radeon” because it was for some time no longer
needed on one of my machines.)

Some users will have a black screen in the installed system as well
(if they use Linux-libre).  I don’t think we can do much about that.
Niels <> only had trouble with the
installer but did not on the installed system.  It seems not feasible
to predict which users would have a black screen in the installed
system, so we cannot add instructions only for them.

> Languages listed in the language selection are sometimes in English, Rarely
> in the native language. […]
> Random thought: could we adapt the installer to use the same sentences from
> an existing installer, like the ubuntu one, so that all the translations can
> be copied in for free? All the basic quesions like please choose a password
> are surely shared between these installers.

Yes, we could copy translations without understanding the language (at
least after our planned switch from the Translation Project to our own
hosted Weblate translation infrastructure).


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