Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oz 0.4.0 release

I'm pleased to announce release 0.4.0 of Oz. Oz is a program for doing automated installation of guest operating systems with limited input from the user.

Release 0.4.0 is a bugfix and feature release for Oz. Some of the highlights between Oz 0.3.0 and 0.4.0 are:

  • Automatic detection/use of cached JEOS images (the previous method required the user of the oz libraries to detect whether the image was cached or not)

  • Fixes to make Debian installs work for both x86_64 and i386

  • Honor user-provided automatic installation files better, by not doing modifications

  • Use pyparted to generate partitions on newly created disks (if necessary)

  • Add support for Fedora 15

  • Add the ability to supply an initial root/Administrator password to the diskimage

  • Abort installs after 5 minutes of disk inactivity

  • Use M2Crypto to generate SSH keys (if necessary)

  • Some pydoc documentation (more of this to come in the future)

  • Support for Ubuntu 11.04

  • Support for RHEL-6.1

More documentation on Oz (including links on how to obtain it) is available here:

For this release, Fedora 14 and RHEL-6 packages are available. Note that I have stopped providing Fedora 13 packages, since that distribution is (or will be) out of support. Also note that to install the RHEL-6 packages, you must be running RHEL-6.1 or later.

If you have any questions or comments about Oz, please feel free to contact or me ( directly.

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