Calamares is a distribution-independent system installer featuring advanced partitioning with full-disk encryption support used in popular GNU/Linux distros like KaOS, KDE Neon, OpenMandriva, Netrunner, Sabayon, Siduction, Tanglu, Bluestar Linux, Chakra GNU/Linux, GeckoLinux, and others.
Calamares 3.2 will be the next major update of the universal installer framework, promising a plethora of attractive new features and enhancements for OS developers who want to implement it as default graphical installer in their next releases, such as Lubuntu Next 18.04 (Bionic Beaver).
One of these new features is a module for the KDE Plasma desktop environment that will allow the selection of the Plasma Look-and-Feel from the installer. However, the module will only be enabled if both KDE Plasma and KDE Frameworks are present at build time on the target system.
The final Calamares 3.2 release is expected to arrive in March 2018 with many other interesting features, including the ability to get a phone notification when an installation finishes, support for OpenRC initialization of encrypted filesystems, better detection of keyboard layouts, and machine-specific URLs for the update-manager.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht