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Fwd: Possible Calamares BoF at Akademy

Valorie Zimmerman-4
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I hope many of you are already registered to KDE Akademy and planning to attend some sessions. By the way, a "BoF" is "birds of a feather" and is a more or less formal work meeting which happen the week after the talks. Some have a rigid agenda, and some are basically a sprint. I hope the Cala BoF improves communication between the Cala devels and some of the users, which include neon, Lubuntu and Ubuntu-Studio. 

Kubuntu has not switched away from the Ubuntu installer although we are considering it.

Let's keep the discussion on the flavors list; this forward is my effort to move the discussion there along.

Valorie

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From: Monica Ayhens-Madon <[hidden email]>
Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: Possible Calamares BoF at Akademy
To: <[hidden email]>
Cc: <[hidden email]>


Hello Flavors!

If any of you use the Calamares installer, this reply/forward may be relevant to your interests. There is an opportunity for interested Ubuntu flavors to have a Calamares BoF during Akademy this coming week. In short, Kubuntu has three main issues to address before they use Calamares:having minimal and full install options, full OEM install mode, and Ubuntu autodetect and driver installations. One of the issues Adriaan mentioned was an issue raised by Lubuntu in 2017, and with the recent switch to Plasma, Ubuntu Studio might have some useful experience to share.

I know it's only a week away, but if anyone is interested please reply - Valorie isn't able to read anything but list archives at the moment thanks to Google troubles, but if there is enough interest and a clear agenda, we can get something scheduled. And if there isn't, there are things we could do on our own to try and resolve/address/discuss these issues.

Thanks!

Monica Ayhens-Madon
Documentation, Ubuntu MATE
Communi-tea Enthusiast

On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 10:21 AM Monica Ayhens-Madon <[hidden email]> wrote:
Adriaan and Valorie,

Adriaan, thank you for including Valorie, who can get this to the right people in Kubuntu, and determine if there is enough of an interest AND and a focused agenda to get a BoF organized in 9 days!

Valorie, if there's any way I can help with that - organizing, poking people from other flavors, etc. - let me know!

I think this raised a really good issue about downstream and upstream communication, and the need for initial design and documentation work. Maybe there's someone in the Kubuntu community who would be willing to take the lead on this - again, deferring to Valorie on this one.

So, it seems like the next steps are determining if there is interest and the ability to get an agenda together, which, as you said, Adriaan, will be on the *buntu side. Valorie, I imagine that's largely going to be Kubuntu, but could also involve Lubuntu and possibly Ubuntu Studio, if there's any interest on their side. Let me know if I can get the conversation started with Lubuntu and Studio. I think given what Adriaan mentioned about the full OEM install issue raised in 2017 by Neon, it might be good to get them involved, but you probably know who to contact in that community better than I do. Again, Valorie, if I can poke/contact people, maybe in a group e-mail, let me know.

Adriaan, we will get back to you as soon as we can to see if we're able to go ahead with the BoF. Let us know if there's a deadline you need to hear from us by. Again, thank you for the helpful and thoughtful feedback!

Cheers,

Monica

On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 9:50 AM Adriaan de Groot <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi Monica,

[[ Valorie added in CC because she started it, sortof ]]

On Sunday, 30 August 2020 23:04:35 CEST Monica Ayhens-Madon wrote:
> The idea for the Calamares BoF came up during our first meeting, when
> Valorie mentioned Kubuntu probably wouldn't be using Calamares in 20.10
> because of issues with it and Qt which made a full OEM install difficult.

Soo .. I'm going to climb up on my soapbox a little (I'll nuance these down
below):

- I *don't* see a lot -- any, really -- of issues or feature requests coming
from the Ubuntu world in general. There's a handful of OEM issues, mostly from
KDE neon and some of them quite old, though. This means there's some kind of
communications friction: if I don't know what downstreams are looking for, I
can't build it.
- There are, frankly, more requests than there are hours in a day, or a week.
Although I get paid to do this stuff, and deliver it as a gratis service to
the Linux community, that doesn't magically make time or effort appear. Much
more effective than a BoF is actual design or documentation work ahead of a
feature. I get patches from Manjaro, and new features from KaOS, and that
helps move things forward for the things that they care about.

> (Full disclosure: Documentation is my forte, not development! I hope I'm
> not getting anything too mangled.) Someone then mentioned that Ubuntu
> Studio, which switched to the Plasma desktop, was using Calamares without
> trouble.  The discussion went from having someone from Ubuntu Studio or
> Neon talk to the Kubuntu developers to having a Calamares BoF at Akademy.

Seems sensible (especially for the *buntu family to learn from each other). I
*kind* of expect the result to be that some *buntus focus on "get it installed
at all" and others have a broader interest (and possibly OEM installs, which
*are* an issue).

> The advantages of a BoF would be that more people outside of the Ubuntu
> Studio and Kubuntu development teams could discuss their successes and
> challenges using Calamares. Kubuntu's challenges are not wanting to lose
> three necessary abilities:

OK, going over the open issues more closely against the three requirements you
list:

> minimal and full install options,

https://github.com/calamares/calamares/issues/956 (2018, from Lubuntu I think,
and it's labeled "wont-implement" because there are already facilities for
doing that -- it's waiting on someone discussing whether it's entirely usable)

> full OEM
> install mode, and

https://github.com/calamares/calamares/issues/871  (2017, from KDE neon, but
sort-of-stalled on "what does this mean?")

> Ubuntu autodetect and driver installation, according to
> Rik Mills.

This is something I don't know about, and I don't think there's an issue filed
for it. That said, it'd probably be closed by some over-eager Calamares-
watcher as "distro-specific" so it's probably worth talking about briefly to
lift it up to a more general issue.


> I know while the latter is rather Ubuntu specific, it is a key
> feature (and hence concern) for them. If you think multiple people would
> like to talk about making those first two abilities happen, and possibly
> address the third, I think it could be a good BoF if there's room in the
> schedule.

To me it looks like wednesday the 9th in the morning is still open.

So, like I said to Valorie, I'm fine with a BoF, but it's the *buntu folks
that will need to drive it to find an agenda.

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