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Debian Installer Stretch RC 3 release

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the third release
candidate of the installer for Debian 9 "Stretch".

Improvements in this release

 * anna:
    - Use SHA256 for verification (#856211).
 * base-installer:
    - Log all debootstrap arguments.
    - Try harder to install apt-transport-https and ca-certificates
      when they're needed (#855035).
    - Propagate local certificates using the same logic.
 * brltty:
    - Fix baum driver restarting when typing too fast on Vario Ultra
      device (#857558).
 * choose-mirror:
    - Fix FTBFS with UTF-8 entities in mirror list, e.g. RE/Réunion
 * clock-setup:
    - Only call sed on /etc/default/rcS to adjust UTC setting when
      this file exists (#854924).
 * debian-installer:
    - Bump Linux kernel version from 4.9.0-1 to 4.9.0-2.
    - Fix missing speech synthesis menu entries on some i386 images.
    - Make syslinux and EFI boot menus uniform, emphasizing graphical
    - Add speech synthesis entries for expert, rescue, and automated
      install; and make shortcuts point to them.
 * debian-installer-utils:
    - Propagate dot-containing options to target kernel command line
    - Set User-Agent to "debian-installer" when calling wget
 * debootstrap:
    - Strip the arch-qualifier (#836525).
    - Instead of creating a /dev/ptmx → pts/ptmx symlink
      unconditionally, try "mknod c 5 2" first, and fall back to a
      symlink only if it fails. This should help with various tools
      like pbuilder, sbuild, and schroot (#817236).
 * fonts-android:
    - Fix support for Korean glyphs by shipping DroidSansFallback.ttf
      instead of DroidSansFallbackFull.ttf in the fonts-android-udeb
      package (#853921).
 * grub2:
    - Make grub-install check for errors from efibootmgr (#853234).
 * installation-locale:
    - C.UTF-8.in: change LC_IDENTIFICATION to i18n:2012 (#837004).
 * libdebian-installer:
    - Parse SHA256 fields in Packages files (#856210).
    - Parse SHA256 fields in Release files.
    - Update versions for changed symbols. Please note that packages
      impacted by this change were checked within Debian. Derivative
      distributions might want to double check their packages.
 * lilo-installer:
    - Fix sfdisk arguments (#855489).
 * partman-auto-crypto:
    - Implement a preseedable way to skip disk erase (#476388).
 * rootskel:
    - Avoid registering options for non-modules (#853855). The
      non-modules list is based on the kernel-command-line(7) manpage.
    - Update gtk lowmem limits.
 * screen:
    - Fix terminal garbage in Debian Installer over serial line

Hardware support changes

 * debian-installer:
    - Add support for ports which aren't scheduled to be released by
      looking at an extra unreleased suite where patched or
      port-specific components are made available, and use unstable
      instead of testing as a base suite. This fixes the long standing
      FTBFS on non-released ports (#852215). Please note that other
      changes related to non-released ports are usually not covered in
      release announcements.
    - Add fb-modules to some loongson-3 configurations (#854553).
    - powerpc: Add virtio modules to cdrom/netboot images (#767487).
 * flash-kernel:
    - Add machine db entry for TI OMAP4 PandaBoard-ES (#857205).
    - Add machine db entry for NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo v2 (#855960).
    - Add machine db entry for Hardkernel ODROID-C2 (#845818).
 * grub-installer:
    - Fix grub-xen installation in Xen environments (#854082).
    - Use 'p' (not '-part') as multipath disk-partition separator.
      This fixes the check of whether the boot file system is on
    - Better handling of PReP partitions on ppc64el: prefer PReP
      partition on the same disk as the boot file system partition.
 * hw-detect:
    - disk-detect: stop trying to load dm-emc (#852285).
    - disk-detect: match 'mpath[a-z]+' instead of 'mpath[0-9]+' since
      multipath-tools changed behaviour regarding mpath device names
      (#806713, #854565).
    - disk-detect: run update-dev before probing for devices (#843895).
 * libdebian-installer:
    - Add support for NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo v2 (#855965).
 * linux:
    - udeb: Add more USB host and dual-role drivers to usb-modules
    - udeb/arm64: Add ast to fb-modules (#820168).
    - udeb: Add bcache to md-modules (#718548).
 * partman-base:
    - Update support for more recent output of 'multipath -l'.
    - Accept spaces in multipath WWID.
 * partman-partitioning:
    - Fix resizing an NVMe device (#820818).
 * systemd:
    - udev: Fix by-id symlinks for devices whose IDs contain
      whitespace (#851164).
    - udev: Fix /dev/disk/by-path aliases for virtio disks (#856558).
    - udev/s390x: Create persistent net names for virtio CCW devices
 * u-boot:
    - armel: Support for openrd targets has been fixed and enabled
      again (#856441). Please note that this needs to be enabled again
      in debian-installer as well.

Localization status

 * 75 languages are supported in this release.
 * Full translation for 15 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. 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. 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
on behalf of the Debian Installer Team

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