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Debian Installer Jessie Beta 2 release

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second beta
release of the installer for Debian 8 "Jessie".

Important changes in this release of the installer

 * Gnome is now the default desktop environment on Linux again.
 * A list of desktop environments is displayed in tasksel, making it
   easy to install another desktop environment (or several of them).
   Unfortunately that is currently a bit underdocumented (#764026).
 * Preliminary support for the arm64 and ppc64el architectures has been

Other changes in this release of the installer

 * brltty: Append the configuration inherited from d-i to the end of
   brltty.conf instead of overwriting it (which was thus losing the
   documentation for the user).
 * brltty: Enable accessibility in XFCE, LXDE and MATE sessions too.
 * busybox: Add support for /32 subnets in udhcpc script (#652573).
 * choose-mirror: Strip off any scheme part found at the start of
   mirror/*/hostname (#706191).
 * console-setup: Correct default keymap for South Korea (#756052).
 * console-setup: Use nepali keymap for Nepali and Tharu by default.
 * debian-installer:
    - Fix the PXE boot images built for kfreebsd, hurd (#759686).
    - Add fonts-lohit-guru-udeb to gtk images, fixing rendering for
      Punjabi (#761573).
    - Remove desktop selection from syslinux; now available in
    - Keep Linux modules.builtin file in the initrd.
    - Fix lib location and search path for syslinux >= 5 (#756275).
 * fontconfig: Add conf.avail directory to the udeb, fixing broken
   Monospace font in graphical installer (#739011).
 * hw-detect: Improve driver injection disk support.
 * hw-detect: Move firmware installation code to pre-pkgsel.d
 * hw-detect: Correct detection of Macs needing to blacklist snd-aoa
   modules (#650588).
 * iso-scan: Do not error out when searching in folders with
   shell-special characters in their name (#640789).
 * lowmem: Update lowmem limits for linux-x86.
 * lowmem: Make the / ramfs fill the whole memory again (#759336).
 * netcfg: Do not kill_dhcp_client after setting the hostname and
   domain, otherwise Linux udhcpc will stop renewing its lease, and on
   other platforms dhclient will de-configure the network interface
   (#757711, #757988).
 * netcfg: Don't copy /etc/network/interfaces to /target if
   netcfg/target_network_config=ifupdown (#709017).
 * netcfg: Fix support for entering an ESSID manually, it was
   previously getting ignored (#757478).
 * preseed: Update auto-install/defaultroot for jessie.
 * preseed: Always disable locale & keyboard question when auto is
   enabled, even if no preseed file was given on boot, in case the dhcp
   server provides it (#759290).
 * rootskel: Update lowmem limit for gtk on linux-x86.
 * rootskel: Use a tmpfs for some directories to avoid running out of
   space in the fixed-size initrd on kfreebsd-* (#757985).
 * rootskel-gtk: Update gtk-set-font to learn a new mapping (Lohit

Hardware support changes

 * libdebian-installer: arm64: Detect UEFI based systems as "efi"
 * libdebian-installer: Add ppc64 and ppc64el support.
 * linux:
    - Include preliminary support for arm64 and ppc64el.
    - udeb: Add ccm, ctr to crypto-modules (#761902).
    - [armhf] udeb: Add ehci-platform, ohci-platform and phy-sun4i-usb
      to usb-modules (#761591).
    - udeb: Add rsi_usb to nic-wireless-modules
    - udeb: Add ath6kl_sdio, libertas_cs, libertas_sdio, mwifiex_sdio,
      r8192u_usb, r8723au, rtl8188eu, rtl818x_pci, rtl8723be,
      rtl8821ae, spectrum_cs to nic-wireless-modules.
    - [armel/orion5x] udeb: Include mvmdio in nic-modules udeb.
    - udeb: Add new sound drivers to sound-modules (#756998).

Known bugs in this release

 * Firmware handling: udev no longer reports missing firmware
   (#725714), and patches for the kernel need polishing before we are
   able to restore support for loading missing firmware.
 * CD-ROM modules are missing on ppc64el, but the netboot flavour is
   working correctly. This will be fixed in the next release.

Feedback for this release

We need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer, so
please try it. Installer CDs, other media 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. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Team
 2. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata
 3. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

Cyril Brulebois
on behalf of the Debian Installer Team

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