Hi, since Steve asked me whether I had some stuff to share for the upcoming Debian installer and CD BoF at DebConf, here are a few things dug from my d-i todo list (without any kind of prioritization). In brackets, the status/impact for jessie. Since it's almost 6am locally, I hope you won't hate me for the missing references to bug reports / mailing list posts for most entries. * Fix missing firmware support: I've contacted Ben about that topic and should be able to handle that by myself over the next few days/weeks, depending on how work and related meetings turn out for me. [ Needed ] * Graphical install by default (amd64/i386): I think nobody NACKed this move (quite the contrary), but that means a major overhaul of boot menus for some images (especially the multi-arch netinst one), which is being discussed. Didier proposed using some syslinux features to make new menus as great as possible. (Mostly: fewer, to-the-point entries.) [ Wanted ] * Switch cdebconf gtk frontend to gtk3: Over the last few months the gtk3 udeb situation got much better (they're installable now, last I checked). I had a proof of concept (and a git branch) ready a while ago, but it seems late to work on finishing that for jessie; doesn't seem like it's needed at all anyway; this would have an impact on the next point anyway. [ Postponed ] * Artwork: I poked Paul and the desktop team some days ago; work seems to be happening, and packages should be updated “soon” to get updated artwork. [ Needed ] * Secure boot: nothing moved for a while but it seems some folks at DebConf were interested in helping. [ To be determined. Not a blocker at first glance. ] * Architecture support: my own, limited testing made me discover how badly broken d-i on GNU/kFreeBSD was, and I shared my concerns some days ago with BSD people and the release team. I haven't seen anyone commit to fixing d-i there and making sure it's kept in a good shape. [ To be determined, needs release team input at least. ] * Architecture support (bis): I'm not sure arm64 and ppc64el will be in a releasable shape (distribution wide) for jessie, but since we have very active porters, and since large parts are re-used from arm* and powerpc, it's likely that d-i support won't be an issue here. Some backporting might be needed on the kernel side, but I expect porters to do that kind of work as appropriate. [ To be determined ] * Regular releases: I'd like to avoid piling up stuff for too long between two releases. I'm not entirely convinced doing something time-based can work since we're sometimes depending on the kernel's state, or on a specific bug fix/package, or even on a library transition. But the delay between two beta/rc releases should go down to something like 1-2 months at most now (provided Steve is available on the debian-cd side of course). If I can anticipate release dates, I'll try and go back to announcing them (I think I did that for Wheezy Betas, when we were under freeze), along with possible udeb freezes (which was done for Jessie Beta 1). [ Very much wanted ] * Incoming bug handling: since we're reaching the end of the release cycle, and since betas are likely to get released more or less regularly, it'd be nice if we could find some people happy to deal with incoming bug reports, especially installation reports. Swift replies are likely the only way to keep (some) people interested in getting Debian installed on their machines/fixed so that it works better next time. Of course, regular BTS clean-up is always appreciated, but new bug reports should (IMHO) take precedence. [ Very much wanted, volunteers needed ] * Default desktop: I've already mentioned in [1,2] why I think we should go back to Gnome as default. The sooner the better, so that we get more exposure; and so that we fix regressions on the accessibility side, as soon as possible. See  for an example. 1. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/08/msg00130.html 2. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/08/msg00466.html 3. https://lists.debian.org/debian-accessibility/2014/08/msg00080.html [ Needed ] * Desktop choice: to avoid having to select/think about having to select a non-default desktop at boot time (which really isn't the place!) it was mentioned a while ago we could present a list of available+installable desktops after “Desktop environment” has been selected. This might also mitigate the concerns people might have about the default desktop. On the other hand, that means an extra prompt. And possibly more i18n/l10n material. But it seems to me that such a compromise might appease things a lot while not being an extra burden on the long run. I didn't work on that yet though; and while I initially thought it would be nice to have at the same time as we switch back to Gnome, I think both things can be done individually. [ Wanted ] Mraw, KiBi.
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