Calamares 1.1 out now

The Calamares team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Calamares 1.1.

Calamares is a distribution-independent system installer, with an advanced partitioning feature for both manual and automated partitioning operations. It is the first installer with an automated “Replace Partition” option, which makes it easy to reuse a partition over and over for distribution testing. Calamares is designed to be customizable by distribution maintainers without need for cumbersome patching, thanks to third party branding and external modules support.

After almost six months of intense development since the last major release, Calamares 1.1 is a product for end users. It has been carefully engineered and thoroughly tested over countless pre-release builds and three release candidates. Calamares 1.1 brings a multitude of major improvements over 1.0.

Screenshot courtesy of Anke Boersma from KaOS.

Highlights of this release include:

  • An improved boot loader module with GRUB2 and systemd-boot support
  • EFI support
  • More robust partition detection and mounting/unmounting
  • Swap partition support in automatic partitioning
  • An improved Python modules API
  • User experience improvements, including all new Welcome and Summary pages
  • A greatly improved branding mechanism, with QML and translations support
  • An all new diagnostics interface for system integrators

If you experience an issue with Calamares, please tell us all about it on the Calamares issue tracker.

Download: calamares-1.1.tar.gz

MD5: 973aad5c3e7b52e8da64bdd34dee425e

SHA1: c47b9c6ef4bc4cce896f9a752745f6ae60c6e0d8

Written on June 26, 2015