The idea of Calamares arose from a desire of several independent Linux distributions to come together and work on a shared system installer. Instead of everyone working on their own implementation and forking forks of forks, why not work together on something that can be used by many?

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What is Calamares

Calamares is an installer framework. By design it is very customizable, in order to satisfy a wide variety of needs and use cases. Calamares aims to be easy, usable & beautiful.

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What Calamares is not

Calamares is not a Manjaro Linux installer, or a KaOS installer, or a Maui installer, or even an installer for Arch Linux based distributions. Calamares is an independent product.

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Calamares look

Since Calamares is designed to be customized, themed and branded by individual distributions, it can look very different when used by specific distributions.

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Latest News:

Calamares 3.2.34 released

This is a quite-short-cycle release in the 3.2 series. There are translation updates, a fix for regressions in the keyboard and plasmalnf modules, and new login-name transliteration.

Calamares is a distribution-independent system installer, with an advanced partitioning feature for both manual and automated partitioning operations. Calamares is designed to be customizable by distribution maintainers without need for cumbersome patching, thanks to third party branding and external modules support.

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Calamares 3.2.33 released

This is a regular short-cycle release in the 3.2 series. Translations for keyboards and timezones have been improved, partition flags are preserved in the edit dialog (this is a long-standing problem with manual partitioning that was finally tracked down thanks to reports from IRC user Vinnie), and a variety of internal fixes and refactorings.

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Calamares released

This is a quick-fix for a source-incompatibility between Calamares 3.2.32 (released October 16th) and KPMcore 4.2.0 (released October 13th). Since KPMcore is strongly recommended for regular use (although it does not matter much on a Live CD), we did a new Calamares release for it.

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