Started testing the ISO. Hashsum is OK. The timestamp of the ISO is:
netrunner-rolling-2016.01-RC2-x86_64.iso 2016-02-19 20:55 2.1G
Boot tested on two computers with Legacy BIOS and one computer with UEFI BIOS. The latter has UEFI mode and Secure Boot both permanently disabled, so de-facto boots in Legacy BIOS mode. No boot problems on all three.
Boot not tested in UEFI mode. I have neither Windowz no GPT-formatted disks, nowhere. No need to use UEFI.
- Grub 2
Grub 2 is never installed. I do not need and do not use it. The installation is always done in Do not install a boot loader mode.
- Calamares 2.0 RC1
All installations are done in Manual partitioning mode. It’s the only way to have 5 different partitions in the system, configured in non-traditional mode.
If none of the partitions is asked to be formatted during installation (they are pre-formatted), Calamares has no problem to terminate successfully. As the issue with unneeded grub.cfg generation (when Grub 2 is not installed) is fixed, the installation is lightning fast and finishes in 10 min.
Installing a new Linux I usually ask to format the / partition with Ext4. It’s the eternal Calamares’ problem. It fails to format it. That is why I avoid to use Calamares, whenever possible (Manjaro), or use pre-formatted partitions.
The situation is changed now
Previous Calamares versions returned the format error right before starting to unpack the ISO’s content. Nothing was written to the hard disk(s).
Calamares 2.0 RC1 returns the format error after successfully formatting the / partition and copying all data to it. In other words, the / partition is formatted with Ext4, the image is unpacked to the hard disk, occupies 7,33G of space, the usual value for this RC2. The main Netrunner installer window reports All done:
[see netrunner-20160219-success.png attachment below]
but above this window Calamares throws in the Installation Failed message:
[see netrunner-20160219-failure.png attachment below]
I’ve chosen to not use this installation, and reinstalled using pre-formatted partitions.
- Non-free drivers
Two computers have Nvidia Optimus cards. There’s no problem with proprietary Nvidia drivers installation. Both Bumblebee features - graphical acceleration with optirun and power saving with bbswitch - work perfectly.