[ Please note the cross-post and Reply-To ] Hi folks, As promised, here's a quick summary of what was discussed at the BoF session in Portland. Apologies for the delay - it takes a while to write these up... :-/ Thanks to the awesome efforts of our video team, the session is already online . I've taken a copy of the (partial!) Gobby notes too, alongside my small set of slides for the session.  Current D-I Status ================== Jessie D-I Beta 1 released recently. Some known issues and regressions documented already, but please help test the images we already have - particularly on the less common architectures, languages, installer options. We're worried particularly about some of the architectures where bugs are showing up that suggest people are not using/testing the installer very often - kfreebsd ports are a worry here, for example. Release scheduling has been an issue for a very long time. We've spoken about maybe switching to a regular cycle for d-i releases (monthly/2-monthly?) since forever, but we're still not there yet. Would be lovely to release and migrate using the normal testing setup, but we've never got there yet. Short on manpower - testing, fixing bugs, etc. D-I Plans ========= * Switching to the graphical installer by default for Jessie, where it makes sense (i.e. on x86 systems). As discussed 2/3/4 years ago. It's not just to make things prettier, the graphical installer is the only option for certain languages / writing systems that cannot be supported in the text installer. * Default desktop discussion has come up again. Joey has plans to work out the best default desktop choice, similarly to how the release architectures are chosen. New wiki page  added to help track this, and another BoF organised later in the week at DebConf [4,5] to go into this in more detail. * Desktop choice - Frans Pop added syslinux years back to allow choice of desktop at install time because tasksel didn't. Time to revisit that. Discussion about adding more/different options to tasksel. The Blends folks (and others) would like some of their tasks to be included too. Maybe add an extra *limited* set of options to tasksel, more discussion later. Translations could be an issue if we want to get big changes like this in for Jessie release - don't leave it too long! * Do we *need* a default desktop? YES - many typical users won't know what the different desktop options are, and often won't care. They just want to download Debian and install it, and we need to make a sensible default choice for those people. * Jessie artwork - paultag is organising this, so far. Still quite a bit of work to do once we have chosen the right artwork, which will take time. * Lots of bug fixes to come in d-i yet, e.g. firmware support * New architectures will want supporting in the installer: arm64 and ppc64el. d-i should be working very soon on those architectures if not already. * UEFI Secure Boot has been missing manpower so far, which is why it's not happened so far. Another session later in the week with more details . Needs some work from DSA, ftp team, grub, kernel, d-i, debian-cd teams. Might make it for Jessie? * Graphical installer is still using gtk2; porting to gtk3 is unlikely for Jessie at this point without help doing that. Help! ===== Please! * We can't test all the architectures/code paths ourselves - please help *now* before it's too late for the Jessie release. * OpenSUSE have a magic installer test framework that may help us here - if somebody could take a look that would be awesome - it might be very helpful. * Bug-handling is another area - as we get more installation reports for Jessie. we'll need help to evaluate those and file more detailed bug reports about particular failures. KiBi can't do all this on his own! * More stuff - translations (Christian and team!), bug fixes, etc. * New stuff. d-i is great and mostly stable and works for most people, but there will always be more cool things we can/could do if only we had the time to do them. Debian-CD Status ================ We're still building massive sets of images every day and every week. Things are mostly working, clearly! For the last couple of Wheezy point releases, we've been building the debian-live images on our standard central CD build machine (pettersson) alongside the regular installer images, built and signed by Steve. Daniel's work on debian-live is awesome, but there have been issues in the past co-ordinating times to do releases together. Debian-CD Plans =============== * Which images do we want to make for Jessie? Currently we have, for every architecture: + netinst + CD set + alternate versions of CD#1 for each of the desktops (gnome/kde/xfce/lxde) + DVD + BD (x86 only) We're ready and able to add more CD options for other desktops too, as soon as they have appropriate tasks ready for tasksel. Recently fixed a silly bug in CD creation where the "Gnome" CD installed XFCE! Discussion about trying to make desktops fit on 1 CD. XFCE and LXDE both fit on 1 CD, Gnome and KDE basically don't fit any more. We need to work out what to do there. Should we still build Gnome or KDE CDs at all? Not clear. Let's have the discussion. We used to have the m-a DVD#1 for amd64/i386/powerpc for all desktops, but that grew too big and we had to drop powerpc. We deliberately sized DVD#1 to fit on a 4G USB stick, and that's worked well. We can build a whole range of differently-sized images: 1G, 2G, 4G, 8G, etc. but that's just a waste of mirror space. What exact image choices would the various teams like to see? Suggestion for popcon: can we get information about how installations were actually done? Gnome CD#1, DVD, netinst etc. Maybe - we had some discussion here and in the later tasksel session about that. Please contribute code if it will help. * Debian-CD v4 in progress - adds http download support so you don't need a full local mirror to build Debian CDs. It's taking a while, as it's not an easy problem. There are lots of places in debian-cd where the code assumes that we have a local filesystem, switching to remote things is much harder * Regular live builds of testing - now we have stable release builds happening on pettersson, we should also be able to do regular weeklies too for Jessie. Still needs a little work, it's coming. * Live builds are being done in a VM on pettersson for security reasons. Now we have some infrastructure set up for that, there are more options for other types of images that people have been asking for: + cloud images + pre-installed system images ready for embedded systems - just dd straight onto an SD card (or similar). Neil Williams has been hacking on vmdebootstrap to help here. These will take more time * Kernel patch to (re-)create, fixing issues with the protected hardlink feature that the kernel gained recently. Spoke to Kees about this, and he's happy to review it when I have it ready. Discussion and questions ======================== * Which ARM platforms are going to be supported? Now we have the armmp kernel and device tree support setup, we can/could support most of the current commonly-available ARM machines directly in the installer. We could even get to the point where CDs, USB sticks etc. will be bootable for ARM machines. arm64 is expected to be UEFI for virtually all the machines we're going to see, so that should be a (mostly?) solved problem. \o/ * Suggestion that we could maybe come up with specially-designed images and/or tools to just concatenate images together to make appropriately-sized images. Potentially hard problems here, but discussion in #759406. Related idea is in #618753 (munge images together to make a 16G USB stick images). * How could we make a multi-arch CD which is mostly amd64 but has a small set of packages for other arches? Could be done, but will need somebody to work on it. * Generating complete images (as opposed to installer images) brings up other issues - d-i already asks a set of useful questions (keymap, timezone, etc.) at installation time. For other types of images, we'd need to add a first-boot customisation/configuration tool to ask those questions. Preseeding could do it, but how do we do this? Defer some of the installer steps until first boot, like live-installer? * cloud-init based images on official servers - coming! cdimage.debian.org is not the best name any more, as we agreed several years ago! :-) We'd like to have all the possible image types available for easy download like this, it's just taking time. They're all cool ideas - please help! * Question about the status of signed images. + All of the official images created and distributed via cdimage.d.o are signed: + Auto-generated testing images (daily/weekly) are signed using a temporary signing key to protect against MITM attacks. + Proper releases, d-i betas etc. that have undergone some real manual testing are signed using the official debian-cd key + Both of these keys are in the WoT, cross-signed by Steve and a few other folks. + No key roll-over on the official CD keys yet, we just haven't got round to implementing that yet. + https downloads for images - hard problem when dealing with mirrors, we don't want to force everybody to come to the central site for downloads. Also a major problems with caches and proxies. + core d-i bits check signatures + CD/DVD images explicitly do not contain signed Release files, as this does not really give any extra security and is only likely to cause worse problems - there's no trust path for most users. This is a hard problem with no obvious solution. * Status of d-i on the new arches? Ian Campbell has been building and testing d-i for arm64 from debian-ports for a while. In the main archive, there are/were not enough bits there yet for things to work. If not already there today, things should work just fine very soon. ppc64el guys have been working on stuff already, and have their own test image that works fine for them. Both new arches are hoping to release with Jessie, so expect NMUs shortly for anything that blocks that! FINALLY ======= PLEASE HELP! There's lots of stuff to do yet for both d-i and debian-cd, but not enough people to do it all...!  http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/webm/Debian_installer_and_CD_BoF.webm  http://www.einval.com/~steve/talks/Debconf14-installer-cd/  https://wiki.debian.org/DebianDesktop/Requalification/Jessie  https://summit.debconf.org/debconf14/meeting/138/tasksel-default-desktop-requalification/  http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/webm/tasksel_default_desktop_requalification.webm  https://summit.debconf.org/debconf14/meeting/150/uefi-secure-boot/ -- Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. email@example.com You raise the blade, you make the change... You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane...
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