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Debian Installer Bullseye Alpha 3 release

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the third alpha
release of the installer for Debian 11 "Bullseye".

Improvements in this release

 * apt-setup:
    - Remove mention of volatile repo from generated sources.list file
 * base-installer:
    - Improve test architecture, adding support for Linux 5.x versions.
 * brltty:
    - Improve hardware detection and driver support.
 * cdebconf:
    - Make text interface report progress more accurately: from the
      very beginning, and also as soon as an answer to a question has
      been given.
 * choose-mirror:
    - Update Mirrors.masterlist.
 * console-setup:
    - Improve support for box-drawing characters (#965029).
    - Sync Terminus font with the xfonts-terminus package.
    - Fix Lithuanian layout (#951387).
 * debian-cd:
    - Only include Linux udebs for the latest ABI, making small
      installation images more useful.
 * debian-installer:
    - Bump Linux kernel ABI to 5.9.0-4
    - Drop fontconfig tweaks introduced in the Debian Installer Buster
      Alpha 1 release (See: #873462).
    - Install kmod-udeb instead of libkmod2-udeb.
    - Mimick libgcc1 handling, for libgcc-s1.
    - Clean up the list of fake packages.
    - Replace the mklibs library reduction pass with a hack, copying
      libgcc_s.so.[124] from the host filesystem for the time being.
    - Add explicit build-depends on fdisk on arm64, amd64 and i386 now
      that util-linux doesn't depend on it anymore.
    - Add grub2 to built-using (#968998).
    - Fix FTBFS with fakeroot by adjusting the /dev/console check (see
 * debian-installer-utils:
    - Adjust fetch-url's use of file descriptors for recent udev
      versions (#967546).
 * debootstrap:
    - Only install apt-transport-https on stretch and earlier, HTTPS
      support was merged into the core apt package for buster
      (#920255, #879755).
 * finish-install:
    - Drop upstart support entirely (#923845).
 * fonts-noto:
    - Fix Sinhala support in the installer (#954948).
 * grub-installer:
    - Update templates, to make them fit for UEFI systems and new kind
      of system storage media (#954718).
 * kmod:
    - Split kmod-udeb off of libkmod2-udeb and actually ship the
      libraries in libkmod2-udeb (#953952).
 * locale-chooser:
    - Activate new languages: Kabyle, Occitan.
 * partman-auto:
    - Bump /boot sizes in most recipes from between 128 and 256M to
      between 512 and 768M (#893886, #951709).
    - Import partman-auto/cap-ram support from Ubuntu, to allow
      capping RAM size as used for swap partition calculations
      (#949651, #950344). This allows us to cap the minimum size of
      swap partitions size to 1*CAP, and their maximum size to a
      maximum of 2 or 3*CAP depending on architecture. Default is set
      to 1024, thus capping swap partitions to between 1 and 3GB.
 * partman-efi:
    - Remount /cdrom read-write if it also happens to be used as
      /boot/efi (#967918).
    - Remove usage of the efivars module, and stop looking for
      /proc/efi. efivarfs is the current interface, and /proc/efi went
      away a long time ago.
 * partman-partitioning:
    - Include ntfs-3g-udeb on arm64.
 * partman-target:
    - Add a hint to the new fstab about using `systemctl daemon-reload`
      after changing /etc/fstab (#963573).
 * systemd:
    - Install 60-block.rules in udev-udeb (#958397). The block device
      rules were split out from 60-persistent-storage.rules in v220.
      This fixes a longstanding bug where UUIDs would not be used for
      filesystems on initial installation.
 * util-linux:
    - Take over eject-udeb (#737658).
 * win32-loader:
    - Introduce UEFI boot manager and Secure Boot support (#918863).

Hardware support changes

 * debian-cd:
    - Enable graphical installer for arm64.
    - Exclude lilo-installer and elilo-installer udebs for all archs.
    - Stop making XFCE single CD images.
    - Stop making DVD ISO images 2 and 3 for amd64/i386 (they are
      still available via jigdo).
 * debian-installer:
    - Update Firefly-RK3288 image for new u-boot version.
    - [arm64] Add support for firefly-rk3399, pinebook-pro-rk3399,
      rockpro64-rk3399, rock64-rk3328 and rock-pi-4-rk3399 to u-boot
      images and netboot SD card images.
    - [arm64] Make all netboot sdcard images start at offset 32768,
      for compatibility with rockchip platforms.
    - Add OLPC XO-1.75 laptop support (#949306).
    - Enable GTK build for arm64.
    - Add support for NanoPi NEO Air (#928863).
    - Add wireless-regdb-udeb to Linux builds that include
    - efi-image: Improve sizing calculation to reduce wasted space.
    - efi-image: Include DTB files in the ESP for armhf and arm64
      systems. This should make U-Boot based systems work better when
      booting via UEFI.
 * flash-kernel:
    - Add FriendlyARM NanoPi NEO Plus2 (#955374).
    - Add Pinebook (#930098).
    - Add Pinebook Pro.
    - Add Olimex A64-Olinuxino and A64-Olinuxino-eMMC (#931195).
    - Add SolidRun LX2160A Honeycomb and Clearfog CX (#958023).
    - Add SolidRun Cubox-i Solo/DualLite variants (#939261).
    - Add Turris MOX (#961303).
 * linux:
    - Move any compression modules to kernel-image udeb; drop
      compress-modules udeb.
    - Make input-modules udeb depend on crc-modules.
    - [arm64] Add i2c_mv64xxx to i2c-modules udeb.
    - [arm64] Add drivers/pinctrl to kernel-image udeb.
    - [arm64] Add analogix-anx6345, pwm-sun4i, sun4i-drm and
      sun8i-mixer to fb-modules udeb.
    - [arm64] Add pwm-sun4i to fb-modules udeb.
    - [arm64] Add armada_37xx_wdt to kernel-image udeb (#961086).
    - [mips*] Drop hfs-modules udeb.
    - [x86] Add crc32_pclmul to crc-modules udeb.
    - Add crc32_generic to crc-modules udeb.
    - Reverse order of cdrom-core and isofs/udf udebs: the latter ones
      now require the former.
    - Drop zlib-modules udeb (zlib_deflate is now always built-in).
    - Add f2fs-modules udeb.

Localization status

 * 78 languages are supported in this release.
 * New languages: Kabyle, Occitan.
 * Full translation for 16 of them.

Known bugs in this release

 * There seems to be no known major bug as of yet.

See the errata[2] for details and a full list of known issues.

Feedback for this release

We need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer, so
please try it. Installation images, and everything else you will need
are available at our web site[3].


The Debian Installer team thanks everybody who has contributed to this

 1. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Team
 2. https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata
 3. https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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