Colony CD 1

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue May 17 08:23:17 CDT 2005

  "It was not a man's face but a badger's, though larger and friendlier
  and more intelligent than the face of any badger he had seen before.
  And it had certainly been talking. Caspian knew that he had found the
  Old Narnians at last."

    -- C. S. Lewis, "Prince Caspian"

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

Colony CD 1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be
released throughout the Breezy development cycle, as images that are
known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD-build or installer bugs,
while representing very current snapshots of Breezy. You can download it

See for access instructions.

This release includes only the Install CD, as we haven't started to
build the Live CD yet. We expect to be able to rectify this soon.

There aren't many visible installer changes beyond Hoary yet, as we've
been concentrating on merging work from Debian unstable, on getting
things up and running at all, and on design work for this development
cycle. To date, there have been 4741 uploads to Breezy, of which most
(4092) have been automatic syncs from Debian unstable. Many of the
remainder have been improvements to the rest of the distribution,
including a good deal of work on the compiler toolchain.

However, this release does feature a few installer improvements which
some people may find useful, including:

  * A number of fixes have been made to Kickstart support, notably to
    allow the use of debconf in %pre and %post scripts and to fix the
    semantics of the 'langsupport' and 'url' commands.

  * The first stage of installation is much quicker, since the base
    system has been reduced to a new "minimal" set of packages.

  * The partitioner is no longer liable to destroy RAID arrays that
    begin with swap partitions (#2591).

  * Rescue mode now supports RAID and LVM-on-RAID.

Known installer issues:

  * Server installations erroneously require the CD to be reinserted in
    the second stage of installation.

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

Bug reports should go here:


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]
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