placeholder image 1What 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 while remaining independent of any particular Linux distribution.

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placeholder image 2Knowledge Base

The Guide linked above has documentation for end-users, the wiki is mostly for distro developers. The developer’s guide contains information on building Calamares, on its design, and localization.

Wiki

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. A separate extensions package contains examples and custom modules.

Extensions

Latest News:

Calamares 3.2.50 released

This is a regular short-cycle release, although the cycle is somewhat stretched over the holidays. There are fixes in many different modules. There is one important deprecation. Distributions are specifically reminded to update the umount module configuration (and to use preservefiles if needed).

This release introduces a new signing sub-key, 328D742D8807A435 used for release-tags and tarballs. The key is available though the Calamares website, or the maintainer’s websites, or GPG keyservers.

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Calamares 3.2.49.1 released

This is a hotfix release, that addresses a regression introduced by “harmless” fixes for compiler warnings. The “fix” introduced an integer overflow in the partition module, leading to a negative-size swap partition. Reported by EndeavourOS (Joe Kamprad) and Xero Linux.

Distributions are specifically reminded to update the umount module configuration (and to use preservefiles if needed).

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Calamares 3.2.49 released

This is an extra-short-cycle release, with new bugfixes for btrfs across multiple modules, as well as minor bugfixes elsewhere. There is one important deprecation. Distributions are specifically reminded to update the umount module configuration (and to use preservefiles if needed).

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