Re: FAI 5.0 released
I don't know much about projects or the workings of Debian publicity,
haven't time to contribute much.
But (and?) when I see announcements like this, my first question is
"What is it?" and this announcement doesn't answer that.
I suggest if it's intended as a news release for wide distribution you
should add something addressing that. What does "FAI" stand for and what
does it do? Otherwise you risk people missing out on a thing that might
be interesting to them.
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On Tue, 24 Nov 2015, at 12:54 PM, Thomas Lange wrote:
> After several months of hard work, the FAI team is very happy to
> announce the new major release 5.0. These are the most notable changes
> in this release:
> * major update and rewrite of the FAI guide
> * new autodiscover function, the client is scanning the network
> for a FAI server
> * FAI profiles extend the FAI class concept
> * FAI shows a curses based menu for selecting a profile on demand
> * ready-to-go setup of the FAI server using the FAI CD or USB stick
> * ready-to-go FAI profile for CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 14.04
> * Cloning machines using an image (hook debconf.IMAGE)
> * new command fai-kvm for starting a virtual machine
> * new command fai-mk-network for setting up different test networks
> * action sysinfo now also mounts lvm and RAID devices
> * use httpredir.debian.org as default
> * fai-cd now uses dracut instead of live-boot,
> use of squashfs creates smaller CD images,
> fai-cd replaces fai-nfsroot2image
> * files *.source are renamed to .sh
> * dnf support for rpm based distributions
> * improved btrfs support
> * fai-cd: no networking for the rescue boot entry by default
> The new FAI ISO image now supports the installation of Debian 8 with
> XFCE or GNOME desktop, Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7, all using the same
> ISO image. When installing XFCE or GNOME, all packages are already
> available on the installation media and no network access is
> needed. When installing Ubuntu and CentOS, the software packages will
> be downloaded from the internet.
> There's a smaller ISO (for a CD) image which only includes the XFCE
> packages on the CD. But you can also install the other Linux
> distributions with this image. The packages and basefiles are then
> downloaded from the internet. All installation images can be used for
> an USB stick.
> Two new videos show the automated installation of a FAI server and the
> simultaneous installation of four clients with Debian 8 (XFCE and
> GNOME), Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7.
> New screenshots and the videos are available at
> You will get the new version if you add this line to your sources.list
> deb http://fai-project.org/download jessie koeln
> This release is tested with Debian 8 aka jessie.
> regards Kerim and Thomas