[Soc-coordination] Report 3 - Improve Debian-Installer network setup

Sorina - Gabriela Sandu sandu.sorina at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 09:29:02 UTC 2012


Here's my third report, it was also posted on my blog.

First of all: I'm going to DebConf :D and I really want to say a big
"Thank you!" to every one who made this possible.

So, here's what I've done recently:

I spent some time putting everything in order for the departure to
Nicaragua, things like finding a plane ticket through a route that
does not require a Visa, making a new Passport, now all is in order.

I've integrated the changes for listing available ESSIDs, in order to
close #637128 [0] into a separate branch , which can be found here

The plan is to have only one new template which lists the available
networks and which has a option for entering the ESSID manualy. In
order to do so, a simple scan is performed on the wireless interface,
and the configuration for a particular network resulted after the scan
is kept if that one is chosen. The enter manually situation is treated
exactly as it was before.

Furthermore, last week (or the week before) I've done some coding
style fixes again in a separate branch [2], nothing very fancy, just
trimming trailing white spaces and changing some tabs to spaces, where
spaces were mostly used. I've also noticed some inconsistencies,
regarding white spaces between functions names and the parenthesis.
However I think I'm overreacting a little, those matters are not
really that relevant, but when I'll have some free time I'll get to
this as well.

Next in line: Issues

Testing is still giving me some troubles, the show essids part is not
yet fully tested, so I couldn't say for sure if everything works as

Apart from the classical: write the image to an USB and reboot method,
I'm using Virtual Box for testing. I've managed to create a
passthrough for the wireless interface, but now I have troubles with
some firmware. Hopefully I'll solve this as soon as possible since it
would really make my life easier.

Future plans:

I've realized that I've underestimated a little what the project
implies and the amount of information that is new to me. I feel that I
have learned a lot and that there is still a lot to learn and I'm very
happy that it is so. I've now started documenting regarding IPv6,
beginning with this [3], but for now, 343269 [4] and 607766 [5] are
next in line.


[0] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=637128
[1] http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=d-i/netcfg.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/people/sorina/show_essids
[2] http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=d-i/netcfg.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/people/sorina/coding_style
[3] http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+IPv6-HOWTO/
[4] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=343269
[5] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=607766

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