I am happy to be able to publicly announce the release of EasyLFS 0.2.6.
A few big improvements were made since 0.2.1 and I'd like to give you a little overview about these.
First of all, the bug in shadow, which mostly disabled user-management, has been fixed, alongside with one or two minor bugs.
Some more packages have been included, like screen, ncftp and openssh, to name a few of the new options.
SELinux-support is much better now, but as we found out, not perfect yet, since everything and everybody is running in the kernel-context. That of course does not circumvent the normal access-control of Linux, it just offers no additional security.
But at least it's there already and has a working policy.
By the way, for the next release (0.3) this will also be fixed, init has been properly patched in the meantime and everything is going to run in the right context.
Another big change is the reduction of installation-scripts. Before it was necessary to edit the config-script and then manually start 5 scripts for installation.
To save time and make installation a little more convenient this has been reduced to editing the config-script and starting one script, which in turn will call all the other scripts.
The LiveCD was enhanced with a few scripts for hardware-detection. PCI-devices for which modules are available should be detected and the modules should then be loaded.
Also USB should be detected now so that modules are loaded. This should help with USB-keyboards.
Note that these scripts won't be there in the final system!
Also the LiveCD is only around 2MB bigger than it the previous one, although there's more than 20MB of new packages. That's because the new version of the Linux-Live-Scripts brings along a new version of SquashFS that uses LZMA-compression to create smaller images.
0.3 is currently in production and will more or less feature the same packages, just updated again and only few additions, better (if not full) SELinux-support and resume-support in case the installation fails due to a segfault or something like that.
0.3 will also be the first version that will come with a written documentation (maybe not complete yet, but installation will be covered), downloadable as PDF (and maybe also ODT) and on CD as HTML.
If you test the system please give me a little feedback. Comments of any type are always welcome and help me to improve the system.
You can download the image at http://easylfs.aquanasoft.de/easylfs-0.2.6.iso