Calamares 2.0 is out

The Calamares team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Calamares 2.0, a major release that brings countless new features and improvements over the 1.1 series. After almost five months of intense development since the last maintenance release, Calamares 2.0 is a user ready product. It has been carefully engineered and thoroughly tested over many pre-release builds.

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.

Screenshot of Calamares about to install Netrunner Rolling.

Video of Calamares 2.0 in action

Highlights of this release include:

  • thoroughly rewritten partitioning feature, now based on KPMcore (the same library used by KDE Partition Manager);
  • overhauled modules system, allowing for much more flexibility in configuring and arranging views and jobs;
  • support for post-install mode, which turns Calamares into a first run configuration tool;
  • improvements in many modules, including locale, bootloader and displaymanager.

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

Download: calamares-2.0.tar.gz

MD5: 404bd58f03b0969b4d8cb82794c4013c

SHA1: 90f8179f48fabc6bbe65fb16aecb2ed7bbf6a0df

Written on February 24, 2016