Calamares and other updates

As many of you will know, Drauger OS has many issues when you initially try it out. Two of the biggest issues are that people do not know what the default root password is, and the installer is confusing. We have been working to alleviate these issues for quite a while, and finally we might have solutions for both.

Many of you who are familiar with Linux, especially with Debian, Ubuntu, and other Debian-based distributions, will know that the most common installer on live systems is Ubiquity, which is the default installer for Ubuntu. However, Ubiquity is not the only program one could use to install a live system to their hard disk. One of the most common installers aside from Ubiquity, is Calamares.

Calamares is much easier to set up for use in a new distribution, and also is MUCH more user friendly then Drauger OS’s current installer: SystemBack. However, it is not without it’s drawbacks.

Calamares uses the widget toolkit Qt, whereas most of the rest of Drauger OS uses a different toolkit called GTK. This, coupled with Calamares’s dependencies means that it is likely that future releases of Drauger OS may be 200-300 MB larger. However, since Calamares removes itself and it’s dependencies from the installed system, the resultant installation will be similar if not better set-up.

All this being said, there is no guarantee that Drauger OS will ever ship with Calamares. However, we are internally testing it and working to get it looking and working correctly. So Drauger OS 7.4.1 Beta 3 may indeed ship with it.

Additionally, another issue we tend to deal with is that people tend to not be able to figure out the default root password for Drauger OS. Admittedly, it may not be the most obvious. However it is easier for it to exist in the first place while we develop Drauger OS than it would be if no root password is set.

We initially attempted to make this easier to find by placing it in our README (which you can download here), but this did not help no matter how many links we posted and how much we advised to read it. So, we are trying a more direct approach this time.

In the latest ISO refresh of Drauger OS 7.4.1 Beta 2, and in future refreshes/releases, the admin password will be right in front of the user, on the Welcome Screen. We hope this will help people navigate and use our live system while they try it out.

As always, if you have an issue with Drauger OS, please contact us using any of the methods at our Contact Us page.

Thomas Castleman
Lead Dev

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2 thoughts on “Calamares and other updates

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    Charlie says:

    Hi. I’m the developer of a distribution for graphic animators. I would like to know if you were finally able to install calamari along with systemback, since I am interested in giving calamari to users and I also arm my distribution are systemback. Greetings.

    1. Thomas Castleman
      Thomas Castleman says:

      Thanks for your comment! No, we were not able to use SystemBack along with Calamares. Due to the way SystemBack packages the system, Calamares has issues with the sqaushfs. Due to this, the next version of Drauger OS will not have SystemBack, but instead will be developed in a chroot and converted from there into a squashfs which we then pack into the ISO. Calamares plays much nicer with this, but we are still having issues. There is a blog post about this coming out soon so keep your eyes peeled!

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