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    PGI installer ISO image (BETA) for woody now available
    Submitted by robster on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 – 22:28
    ProgenyIn light of the imminent release of Debian 3.0 (“woody”),
    Progeny Linux Systems is making available to the public a BETA
    version of a woody installer based on our PGI software.

    ISO images of this BETA installer are available at:


    Note that by default, this installer will download Debian
    packages from the Debian mirror at
    We encourage you to use a Debian mirror that is closer to you;
    please see the list at:


    We do *not* recommend using the round-robin DNS mirrors (such
    as http.us.debian.org), because debootstrap may download the
    Packages.gz file from one mirror, but the packages themselves
    from several others, and the mirrors may not be in sync. This
    desynchronization can cause debootstrap to fail. (Ideally,
    woody is static enough that this isn’t a problem, but just to
    be on the safe side we recommend picking one mirror by name and
    sticking with it.)

    You can specify the desired mirror as follows:

    1) On IA-32 (i386) systems, supply the MIRROR argument to the
    “install” command at the syslinux program’s “boot:” prompt.

    For example:

    boot: install MIRROR=http://raff.debian.org/debian/

    2) On IA-64 (ia64) systems, supply the MIRROR argument to the
    “elilo” command at the EFI shell when you are using the drive
    letter corresponding to your CD/DVD-ROM drive.

    For example:

    fs2:/> elilo install MIRROR=http://raff.debian.org/debian/

    Note that this is a network-based installer; it retrieves *all*
    Debian packages from the Web, and is not a suitable
    installation method for machines behind a firewall with no HTTP
    access, or for machines with network connection at all.

    You may be familiar with PGI from several discussion threads
    here as well as its website:


    PGI is a multi-architecture graphical and text-mode installer
    for Debian. This BETA is available for the Intel IA-32 (a.k.a.
    “i386”) and IA-64 platforms.

    PGI is descended from the installer used by Progeny Debian 1.0
    (“newton”), which got very positive reviews for its easy
    interface. PGI is even more robust than its predecessor in
    Progeny Debian.

    Please send feedback on this BETA to
    pgi-users@lists.progeny.com. Please do *not* send feedback
    to debian-devel unless the issue is germane to general Debian

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    Subject: Re: PGI installer ISO image (BETA) for woody now available
    Author: Overfiend
    Date: Thursday, 2002/06/20 – 18:50
    Can it use/create other filesystems then ext2?

    The PGI partitioner only supports ext2 filesystems at present, however:

    • Support for alternative filesystems is a milestone for version 1.1 of PGI. At present, ext3 has been identified as an alternative (we know there are others, but ext3 support is the easiest to implement, so support for it is practically assured). The plan is to be flexible enough to support arbitrary alternative filesystem types.
    • Any filesystem type recognized by the kernel

      and installed utilities can be used post-installation. The BETA ISO for i386 that Progeny has made available, for instance, only has support for ext2 compiled into it, since that is all that is supported by the 2.4.18-386 Debian kernel flavor. You can read more about this type of issue in the PGI vendors’ manual.

    • Therefore, you can create a PGI installer today that supports any filesystem you want as long as a kernel and userspace utilities are available. However, as noted above, the partitioner can at present only create FAT, ext2, and Linux swap partitions.
    • Post-install, ext3 support is only a tune2fs -j away. If you want to use
      ext3 on your root partition, be sure you upgrade
      to a kernel with ext3 support compiled in, if you want to take advantage of it. (If the ext3 driver is unavailable, the kernel will fall back to mounting the filesystem as ext2, since the two filesystem types are compatible.)
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