Array CD 2

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Dec 14 19:38:39 CST 2004

Hello world,

Array CD 2 is ready, live from the Ubuntu conference in Mataró, Spain.
This is the second in a series of milestone CD images released once
every two weeks or so (theoretically; this one is belated, for which I
apologise), as images that are known to be reasonably free of
showstopper CD-build or installer bugs, while representing very current
snapshots of Hoary. You can download it here:

See for access instructions. I
recommend rsync if possible, as you can then download future images
based on this one to save bandwidth.

Pre-release versions of Hoary are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a
stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional
breakage. They *are* recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who
want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Some notable installer improvements and bug-fixes in this release:

  * The installer uses udev and hotplug rather than devfs and discover.
    This brings it into more or less the same hardware detection sphere
    as the installed system, which should result in more consistent
    installations and fewer places for us to modify when adding support
    for new hardware.

    However, there will be hardware that is *temporarily* no longer
    supported due to this change, since we haven't yet made sure
    everything interesting in the discover database is found by hotplug.
    Please file a bug with 'lspci' and 'lspci -n' output if you have a
    problem like this.

  * Netboot installs should get second-stage packages from hoary now,
    rather than warty.

  * Upgraded parted by several upstream versions; while this changed
    API/ABI so several other packages needed to be rebuilt, this is
    believed finally to correct the problem where Ubuntu installations
    rendered Windows unbootable with certain partition table layouts and
    BIOS versions (#1566). Please test.

  * Linux kernel 2.6.9.

  * Commented-out examples in /etc/apt/sources.list are added for
    updates (#3122) and security (#3599).

  * Installing using an image written to a USB drive should now be
    supported, although due to being at the Ubuntu conference I haven't
    been in the best position to test it.

  * Added the ia64 architecture, although the installer is untested.

  * 'custom' boot option renamed to 'server'.

The two errata from Array CD 1 have also been fixed.

Known installer issues:

  * The new hotplug support brings with it a few race conditions in
    hardware detection, so you may have problems with the framebuffer
    not being loaded or with your CD-ROM drive not being detected which
    are cleared up by trying the installation again. This class of
    problem is being actively worked on, and I believe we should have a
    solution soon.

  * Network interface names aren't displayed properly in the network
    configuration stage of the installation, because they used to come
    from discover1-data which we aren't using any more. This will be
    fixed by using lspci instead.

If you're interested in following changes as we further develop Hoary,
have a look at the hoary-changes list:

Bug reports should go here:


Colin Watson                                    [cjwatson at]
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