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.


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.


Latest News:

Calamares 3.3.8 released

A release with bugfixes in several modules (especially the partition module), and a new feature in shellprocess and just about every place that runs commands – that includes contextualprocess jobs, process job modules, and other places.

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Calamares 3.3.7 released

A release mostly intended to get the process moving again, although it has a few new features and some bugfixes. Since 3.3.6 did not get a release announcement, that is included in this post as well.

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Calamares and xz

Calamares does not use xz directly, and Calamares isn’t sshd, so the attack against xz does not affect Calamares directly. It is worthwhile, though, to reflect on how Calamares development and releases happen, and what we can learn from the attack against xz.

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