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Re: Debian Live Lenny Beta1

Sorry for top post.

On a Gateway Sempron (32 bit) laptop ...

Where's dhcp?  Laptop has builtin ethernet (Marvell Tech. 88E8036)
which etch handles well.  I see it also has BCM4318 802.11g wifi
(which I don't use).

No network, but otherwise works fine.  :-)

Daniel Baumann <daniel@debian.org>:
>  Debian Live Lenny Beta1
> =======================
>  The Debian Live team[0] is pleased to announce the first beta of Debian
>  Lenny's Live images.
>  Although we missed releasing images for Etch along with the installer
>  images, we are now prepared to release live images within the regular
>  Lenny release process. This is the first official release of Debian Live
>  and the whole team has been working hard during the past 2.5 years[1] to
>  make Debian's own[2] live systems become a reality.
>  Nevertheless, we do need your help to find more bugs and improve the
>  live systems, so please try them out. The images are available at:
>          http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/lenny_live_beta1/
>  Please also have a look at the known issues listed below.
>  Main features
> =============
>  100% Debian
>  - ------------
>  The build process of Debian Live basically consists of creating a Debian
>  chroot, installing one or more kernels along with live-initramfs[3] (a
>  set of hooks into initramfs-tools for handling booting from read-only
>  media) and generating a bootable image from that.
>  This process is handled by live-helper[4], a collection of shell scripts
>  that allow us to automate and customize this process. Considerable
>  care[5] is taken to ensure that the resulting live system is not tainted
>  by the host system and that installed packages are not modified more
>  than absolutely necessary.
>  This ensures that Debian Live really *is* Debian, and not "just another"
>  a Debian-based live system.
>  Flavours
>  - --------
>  Although live-helper is a toolkit to produce your very own live systems
>  with only a few steps, we also provide prebuilt images that are meant to
>  be used as reference systems for end-users. Currently, this consists of
>  the three major desktop environments (GNOME, KDE and Xfce), as well as a
>  small 'standard' image without a graphical environment.
>  For the desktop environments, package selection is performed by
>  'tasksel' with the respective desktop task, whilst the 'standard' image
>  contains only packages of "Priority: standard" or greater,
>  notwithstanding a handful of live-specific packages (console-common,
>  eject, file, kbd, live-initramfs, locales, sudo and vim-tiny).
>  Image types
>  - -----------
>  Debian Live offers prebuilt images for CD/DVD discs, USB sticks (or any
>  HD-media-like device), tarballs (for PXE netboot) as well as a bare
>  squashfs image to boot from the web[6] directly.
>  Live Magic
>  - ----------
>  Live Magic[7] is an GUI frontend around the live-helper scripts,
>  offering a subset of the features of live-helper in an easy-to-use
>  graphical user interface.
>  live-magic 1.0 was recently uploaded to sid and is the recommended
>  version. It currently supports 7 languages.
>  Live Installer
>  - --------------
>  Live Installer[8] is a special udeb for the Debian Installer that
>  (optionally) replaces a part of d-i in order to install the system from
>  the live image instead of to bootstrapping it from .deb packages. This
>  way, a live system can be easily installed to the harddisk, ensuring
>  that the look and feel of the installation (including preseeding) works
>  the same as the regular installer process.
>  Unfortunately, live-installer does still have a few minor bugs left and
>  is thus not included in our builds yet; we hope to be able to include it
>  in the next beta.
>  Known issues in this release
> ============================
>    * The prebuilt images for gnome-desktop and kde-desktop are a bit too
>      big to fit on a CD. Although the automatic installation of
>      Recommends was disabled to build the images, they are still too big.
>      This will need further tweaking as they are supposed to fit with the
>      next beta.
>    * The rescue flavour, containing system rescue and forensic related
>      packages, is missing in this beta release.
>    * There will be a DVD image with the next beta that includes all three
>      desktop environments so that you can choose at boot time which
>      system you would like to start.
>    * Due to time constraints, the prebuilt images for Beta1 are only
>      covering i386 and amd64; with the next beta, powerpc and sparc will
>      follow (if you wish to test these architectures earlier, please
>      build them yourself).
>    * The new desktop artwork is not yet included.
>    * The syslinux menu is still the old, prompt-based one. A freshly made
>      new syslinux vgamenu using the official lenny desktop artwork is on
>      the way (the same as d-i media will use in Lenny).
>    * No live-installer included yet (if you wish to test live-installer
>  earlier, please build it yourself).
>    * No win32-loader included yet.
>    * Sid packages used - At the time of building the live images, both
>      live-helper 1.0.0-1 and live-initramfs 1.139.1-1 from sid were used.
>      Since the latter has not yet migrated to testing, it was included
>      manually as a local package. This is undesirable, as the release is
>      supposed to be self-contained - however, it is just a convenient
>      workaround as both were granted freeze exception and will migrate
>      soon.
>  Plans for next Beta release
> ===========================
>  We are looking forward to upload Beta2 in about two weeks from now
>  (maybefollowed by a third beta) with one final RC after that which
>  should be identical to the final release.
>  Some more details about the open things we would like to address in
>  Beta2 and later can be found at the wiki page[9].
>  The Debian Live team is still looking for more contributors for new
>  features (post-lenny, though) as well as documentation writers for the
>  manual (always). If you care about live systems, please join and help[10]!
>  Thanks
> ======
>  Last but not least, our thanks goes to everyone who has contributed[11]
>  and to all maintainers that have kindly fixed live-specific bugs in
>  their packages.
>  References
> ==========
>  [0] http://alioth.debian.org/project/memberlist.php?group_id=30929
>  [1] http://git.debian.net/?p=live-helper.git;a=blob;f=docs/NEWS
>  [2] http://blog.daniel-baumann.ch/2006/02/14#20060214_debian-live-initiative
>  [3] http://packages.qa.debian.org/live-initramfs
>  [4] http://packages.qa.debian.org/live-helper
>  [5] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLive/Guidelines
>  [6]
>  http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/debian-live-devel/2007-September/002133.html
>  [7] http://packages.qa.debian.org/live-magic
>  [8] http://packages.qa.debian.org/live-installer
>  [9] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLive/Lenny/Todo#Beta2
>  [10] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLive/Contribute
>  [11] http://git.debian.net/?p=live-helper.git;a=blob;f=docs/CREDITS
>       http://git.debian.net/?p=live-initramfs.git;a=blob;f=docs/CREDITS
>  Regards,
>  Daniel
>  - --
>  Address:        Daniel Baumann, Burgunderstrasse 3, CH-4562 Biberist
>  Email:          daniel.baumann@panthera-systems.net
>  Internet:       http://people.panthera-systems.net/~daniel-baumann/

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