April 9th, 2015:
We are currently working on a new version of SALI. Please check our progress at https://gitlab.com/surfsara/sali. For time to time we will update 1.6.x wit the latest software to keep the busybox environment up to date.
October 29th, 2013: Version 1.6.3 released
May 17th, 2013: Version 1.6.2 released
Welcome to SALI!
SALI is a acronym for SURFsara Automatic Linux Installation and is widely used on our systems:
SURFsara formerly used SystemImager for automatic installation of our machines. Due to new hardware we needed more up to date drivers and GRUB2 support. We thought this could be easily added, but during this process we decided to upgrade all software to the newest levels and replace some key software components. The biggest hurdle is detecting which hardware is in the system (udev). We believe that SALI is better in detecting which hardware components are available in the system than SystemImager due to more up to date udev version.
The main focus for development of SALI is:
- The SALI kernel/initrd contains all kernel modules and software utilities. In SystemImager this software is distributed as a separate package (BOEL binaries).
- We have switch monolithic installation script to a UNIX like runlevel setup. To avoid kernel panics.
- Support for more installation protocols such as ftp, http, bittorrent
The documentation is far from perfect. We have to write reorganize this section. Contributions or suggestions are appreciated
Existing bugs and feature requests for sali are here.
There are also 2 mailing lists:
You can grab the tarball from our ftp site:
- NOTE: lot of options are disabled. So this can be used for embedded systems. Use x86_64 SALI build to install modern i386/i686 systems.
- sali-ppc64.tar.gz (final version is 1.5.2).
For SALI 1.7 or higher please visit our git repository at https://gitlab.com/surfsara/sali. Please notes we keep Trac for documentation and tickets.
For the current version (1.6 or lower) you can browse our SVN repository:
Or you can check out code through subversion:
- Release tree: svn co https://oss.trac.surfsara.nl/sali/svn/tags
- Development tree: svn co https://oss.trac.surfsara.nl/sali/svn/trunk
Authors / Contributers
- Bas van der Vlies
- Dennis Stam
- Michel Scheerman
- PPC64 development and testing
- The author of the SALI xCAT plugin
 by dennis on 2016/10/19 07:56:39
Updated the license file
 by dennis on 2016/02/25 15:01:50
New kernel and new module
 by dennis on 2016/02/15 10:43:05
Added more modules
 by dennis on 2016/02/12 11:50:53
Updated the kernel config from the branch
 by dennis on 2016/02/12 09:54:16
New kernel config for the i386
 by dennis on 2016/02/12 09:26:11
Also git must be installed
SALI xCAT plugin
Currently we are investigating the possibilities to use SALI with xCAT.
First SALI is used to restore the machine with an image. Then xCAT is used to finalize the installation. In our setup the installation time of 55 minutes is reduced to 15 minutes.
We have tested this on a Power 6 machine with SLES 11.
The xCAT module can be found in the contrib directory.