Arch Linux developers recently released the release of the new version of the Archinstall 2.2.0 installer, which is used in the installation iso images that can be used instead of manually installing the distribution.
For those who are still unaware of the Archinstall installer integration, you should know that this installer operates in console mode and is offered as an option to automate the installation. By default, as before, manual mode is offered, which involves the use of a step-by-step installation guide.
The installer offers two modes: guided and automated:
- In interactive mode, the user is asked sequential questions covering the basic setup and installation manual steps.
- In automatic mode, you can use scripts to create typical automated installation templates. This mode is suitable for creating your own assemblies designed for automated installation with a typical set of configurations and packages installed, for example for a quick installation of Arch Linux in virtual environments.
With Archinstall, can create specific installation profiles, for example, the "desktop" profile to select a desktop (KDE, GNOME, Awesome) and install the necessary packages to make it work, or the "web server" and "database" profiles to select and install web content , servers and DBMS. You can also use profiles for network installations and automatic system deployment to a group of servers.
Archinstall 2.2.0 Key New Features
In this new version of Archinstall 2.2.0, the most important changes are related to the installation profiles, since now installation profiles are already available to create servers and to install DeePin, Enlightenment and Sway custom environments, In addition, Cockpit, docker, apache httpd, lighttpd, mariadb, nginx, postgresql, sshd and tomcat application installation profiles were added.
Another important change is the added support for having GRUB as a secondary bootloader (which by the way speaking of him, recently received a new update and you can check the details of him in this link.)
In addition, it is also possible be able to select several elements at the same time in the selection forms and the ability to select the Linux kernel version to install and change the kernel parameters (the latter is a very nice feature for those who like to have a more custom kernel).
Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:
- Added support for loading settings from JSON files.
- In interactive mode, an advanced mode (–advanced) has been added, which allows you to set arbitrary parameter values.
- Provided the ability to enable NTP when choosing a time zone.
- Improved keyboard layout selection.
- Added support for working in EFI and BIOS modes.
As for known issues that have not yet been resolved it is mentioned that:
- The partition still has problems with certain layouts. Workaround: Manually creating partitions and selecting to use / mnt as is or "Reuse partitions" (after a valid file system has been created on manually created partitions) will solve most problems.
Dual booting with Windows works, but there is a problem with Windows creating a very small / boot partition causing problems.
If you want to know more about it you can check the details In the following link.
Finally, it is also worth mentioning that Arch Linux developers have warned to users who as of the libxcrypt 4.4.21 package update in the distribution, when specifying new passwords, The use of vulnerable password hashing schemes, such as MD5 and SHA1, will be prohibited.
For accounts that already use MD5 and SHA1 hashes to verify passwords, a warning will be displayed when trying to log in, prompting you to update the password. For those who use the display manager, once they have to switch to the text console (CTRL + ALT + F3) and log into their account.