You voted for change and today we’re bringing change. Today we give back the installer to the people. Today Calamares 3 was released.
It’s been a long standing wish of KDE neon to switch to the Calamares installer. Calamares is a distro independent installer used by various projects such as Netrunner and Tanglu. It’s written in Qt and KDE Frameworks and has modules in C++ or Python.
Today I’ve switched the Developer Unstable edition to Calamares and it looks to work pretty nicely.
However there’s a few features missing compared to the previous Ubiquity installer. OEM mode might be in there but needs me to add some integration for it. Restricted codecs install should be easy to add. LUKS encrypted hard disk are there but also needs some integration from me. Encrypted home holders isn’t there and should be added. Updating to latest packages on install should also be added. It does seem to work with UEFI computers, but not with secure boot yet. Let me know if you spot any others.
I’ve only tested this on a simple virtual machine, so give it a try and see what breaks. Or if you want to switch back run
apt install ubiquity-frontend-kde ubiquity-slideshow-neon''.