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lunedì 10 agosto 2015

on Calamares, Docker and Sabayon

Since i became Sabayon developer, i started to work on customizing it and giving some love to the entropy packages.
A lot as been done in those months, and you can see that picking up a "-dev" image from our mirrors.
After giving to the entropy packages a fullfill of love (systemd was bumped, ati-drivers and nvidia-drivers as well to be in line with upstream, implemented iptables saving rules for systemd, ... ) then we decided that the time of Anaconda installer was finished.
Anaconda was buggy and most of the users couldn't even install Sabayon also if, for now, we loose a lot of  nice features like LUKS support and LVM we chose to swap it with the new and shiny Calamares .





No, if you are like me you don't have to worry, LUKS and LVM support in Calamares are on their schedule, you just have to wait.

Unfortunately, this means that we also had to ditch the text installer, wich was included in Anaconda, but if someone will miss it's presence, probably will be replaced by an adhoc handmade bash script.

As for now, Sabayon is available only on amd64 platforms, suited for a Desktop out-of-the-box environment, but we are moving towards to ship server and arm images: after a week of work we finally have Docker images (yay!) available on the Sabayon public profile, but i'll spend few words on it on a later post - if you don't know what Docker is check out this article.
Docker images finally gives to Sabayon the server flavor that was missing there, now it's easier to ship your application on the clouds using Sabayon! You can find the Github repository of the Docker images on my profile