This is the first preview release of Frugalware 1.9. It also marks the first
public testing for our new live CD environment, FVBE, and our new installer
This has been in development for 8 months already, and is a compilation of 4
older projects. They are fwlive, setup, fwife, and frugalwareutils. In this
new project, they are integrated so they will share a common codebase. This
should help avoid the fragmentation like we had with setup and fwife.
The new installer should be feature complete in terms of replacing the old
installer. However, some parts were removed because of disuse or just plain
uselessness. And some features are entirely new, such as the keyboard
layout selection that also configures your X11 XKB layout.
The main feature that is not yet implemented is a replacement for netconfig.
It should be finishd by pre2. There are no other major features planned for
the new installer during this release cycle, as the existing stuff needs to
be tested more.
There has also been changes to what kinds of ISOs we will build from now on.
Starting with this release, we will only provide ISOs with packages from the
main package groups. Anything from -extra will only be available via net
install or after install is complete. By pre2, net install ISOs should also
Also of interest is that our new ISOs are now using GRUB2 to boot and no
longer using isolinux to boot. GRUB2 natively supports BIOS hybrid ISOs
for our i686 branch and BIOS/UEFI hybrid ISOs for our x86_64 branch. UEFI
mode is only supported for booting at this time, and not for installation.
One other thing is that the new installer has been primarily tested on x86_64
using the ISO mode of the hybrid ISO. So, we need the most testing on i686
and USB mode. Any feedback will be examined, to help improve the new
Current known issues include network not working after initial install.
For now, run netconfig after logging in as root. This should work as a
temporary fix until we can implement the netconfig replacement.
To use the new installer, you will need to login as root after the ISO
boots using the password fvbe. To run the installer, use the command
One final note is that we are looking for someone to design a new 16
color palette for the new installer. Currently it uses the color
palette from Mandriva's NEWT patches. If you are interested, then
contact us on IRC or the forums.
Download for i686 or x86_64: See our mirror list
. Don't forget to check the integrity
of the install images before burning!