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Debian Installer Buster RC 2 release

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second release
candidate of the installer for Debian 10 "Buster".

Improvements in this release

 * choose-mirror:
    - Update Mirrors.masterlist.
 * cryptsetup:
    - New section “Unlocking LUKS devices from GRUB” pointing to:
 * debian-archive-keyring:
    - Add Buster keys (#917535, #917536).
 * debian-cd:
    - Create images to fit on 16G USB sticks too (for amd64 and i386).
    - Tweak package selection to make the multi-arch firmware netinst
      fit on CD media again (needs a 700MB CD-R): Don't include 686
      PAE kernels on these CDs.
    - Tweak ordering of snapshot URLs in jigdo images to remove load
      on snapshot.debian.org.
 * debian-installer:
    - Add haveged-udeb [linux] to avoid entropy starvation issues
      (#923675). Those could affect HTTPS connections, SSH keypair
      generation, etc.
    - Bump Linux kernel ABI from 4.19.0-4 to 4.19.0-5.
    - Add œ/Œ glyphs for the French translation.
    - Update size limits.
    - Relabel “Dark theme” into “Accessible high contrast” (#930569).
    - Compress armhf u-boot images with “gzip -n” to avoid embedding
      timestamps which cause reproducibility issues.
 * espeakup:
    - Wait longer for sound cards.
 * grub2:
    - Make grub-efi-*-bin recommend efibootmgr, for debugging purposes.
    - Make grub-efi work on armhf too (upstream fixes for alignment
 * installation-guide:
    - Add the partman-auto-lvm/guided_size setting to the example
      preseed config file (#930846).
 * libdebian-installer:
    - Enlarge maximum line length in Packages and Sources files
 * lowmem:
    - Update size limits.
 * network-console:
    - Fix gen-crypt segfault, which prevented remote installations due
      to a missing password for the “installer” user (#926947, #928299).
 * openssl:
    - Ship an openssl.cnf in libssl1.1-udeb, fixing wget's TLS issues
      in the installer (#926315).
 * partman-auto:
    - Tweak Arabic translation to avoid a hang at the hard disk step
 * preseed:
    - Update auto-install/defaultroot, replacing stretch with buster
 * rootskel:
    - Start haveged when appropriate, to avoid entropy starvation
      (#923675). This means when the haveged binary is available, and
      when there's no hardware RNG available.
    - Update size limits for the graphical installer.

UEFI Secure Boot updates

Debian's Secure Boot setup is still being polished, the main updates
are summarized below.

 * debian-installer:
    - Add shim-signed and grub-efi-ARCH-signed to build-dependencies
      for amd64/i386/arm64.
    - Use the signed shim and grub packages for all 3 arches for EFI
    - Fix the netboot setup for signed grub images to match the
      previous setup and the existing documentation (#928750).
 * grub2:
    - Generate a specific signed netboot image for d-i to use (#928750).
    - Add cpuid, play, ntfs modules to signed UEFI images (#928628,
      #930290, #923855).
    - Deal with --force-extra-removable with signed shim too (#930531).

Hardware support changes

 * debian-installer:
    - [arm64] Add support for netboot SD-card-images.
    - [arm64] Add u-boot images for a64-olinuxino, orangepi_zero_plus2
      and teres_i.
    - Add support for NanoPi NEO2.
 * flash-kernel:
    - Add support for NanoPi NEO2 (#928861).
    - Add support for Marvell 8040 MACCHIATOBin Double-shot and
      Single-shot (#928951).
 * linux:
    - udeb: Add all HWRNG drivers to kernel-image (#923675).
    - udeb: input-modules: Include all keyboard driver modules.
    - [arm64] udeb: kernel-image: Include cros_ec_spi and SPI drivers.
    - [arm64] udeb: kernel-image: Include phy-rockchip-pcie.
    - [arm64] udeb: usb-modules: Include phy-rockchip-typec and
    - [arm64] udeb: mmc-modules: Include phy-rockchip-emmc.
    - [arm64] udeb: fb-modules: Include rockchipdrm, panel-simple,
      pwm_bl, and pwm-cros-ec.
    - udeb: Drop unused ntfs-modules packages.

Localization status

 * 76 languages are supported in this release.
 * Full translation for 39 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 (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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