IRC: agaffney (on Freenode and OFTC)
Back in October 2006, I got bored one weekend and decided that GLI ("the installer") sucked and was no longer on track to achieve its original goal of acting as an installer for automated deployments of Gentoo to multiple machines. I decided that I would address one of the chief complaints about GLI (that python was too bloated to fit in a netboot image) by writing my replacement in POSIX sh, so that it could run with busybox ash. Thus, Quickstart was born.
The first version had a very cumbersome config syntax (defining vars in a "profile" which was sourced by install.sh). Newer versions use a config syntax that's modeled on Kickstart's config syntax. Under the hood, it's still the same arcane variables, but now they're hidden by pretty "wrapper" functions that set the variables appropriately based on the options passed to them. A list of all configurable options is available here. You can also find an example profile.
So, after reading all of the above, you're hot and bothered and excited to start using Quickstart? Good! There are a few ways to get it:
Since this isn't an official Gentoo project (yet) and I'm too lazy to set up a bug tracker or something like it, any bug reports and/or patches can and should just be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.