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 3.2.44.3 released

This is a teeny-tiny release (that’s why it is numbered like a hotfix). It does fix a recent regression in the partition module, where a pop-up message asks you to create a gargantuan EFI partition. The message is supposed to say “300 MiB”, but expresses 300 MiB in bytes, so it’s off by a factor of a million (more, even).

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Calamares and Hacktoberfest 2021

Hacktoberfest is now in its eighth year. The Calamares project has participated before and we’ve seen some small benefits from it. This year, the rules have tightened to be stricter on spam pull-requests (in 2020 we got a couple), and I’m glad of that. Potential contributors can check out the list of good starter-issues. Most of those issues have a checklist to help new folks along. The checklist should take you from “get Calamares to run at all” through to “submit a PR that can be merged”.

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Calamares 3.2.44.2 released

Another day, another typo in Python modules. Several of them, even, on code paths that apparently – and fortunately – nobody is using. The release scripts now run pylint as part of the release process to check for obvious problems. Those problems should have been obvious – with enough eyes on them anyway – before, but now the machine does part of the looking for us.

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