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Currently we have official packages optimized for the x86-64 architecture. We complement our official package sets with a community-operated package repository that grows in size and quality each and every day.

Our strong community is diverse and helpful, and we pride ourselves on the range of skillsets and uses for Arch that stem from it. Please check out our forums and mailing lists to get your feet wet. Also glance through our wiki if you want to learn more about Arch.

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The Future of the Arch Linux Project Leader

2020-02-24

Hello everyone,

Some of you may know me from the days when I was much more involved in Arch, but most of you probably just know me as a name on the website. I’ve been with Arch for some time, taking the leadership of this beast over from Judd back in 2007. But, as these things often go, my involvement has slid down to minimal levels over time. It’s high time that changes.

Arch Linux needs involved leadership to make hard decisions and direct the project where it needs to go. And I am not in a position to do this.

In a team effort, the Arch Linux staff devised a new process for determining future leaders. From now on, leaders will be elected by the staff for a term length of two years. Details of this new process can be found here

In the first official vote with Levente Polyak (anthraxx), Gaetan Bisson (vesath), Giancarlo Razzolini (grazzolini), and Sven-Hendrik Haase (svenstaro) as candidates, and through 58 verified votes, a winner was chosen:

Levente Polyak (anthraxx) will be taking over the reins of this ship. Congratulations!

Thanks for everything over all these years,
Aaron Griffin (phrakture)

Planet Arch Linux migration

2020-02-22

The software behind planet.archlinux.org was implemented in Python 2 and is no longer maintained upstream. This functionality has now been implemented in archlinux.org's archweb backend which is actively maintained but offers a slightly different experience.

The most notable changes are the offered feeds and the feed location. Archweb only offers an Atom feed which is located at here.

sshd needs restarting after upgrading to openssh-8.2p1

2020-02-17

After upgrading to openssh-8.2p1, the existing SSH daemon will be unable to accept new connections. (See FS#65517.) When upgrading remote hosts, please make sure to restart the SSH daemon using systemctl restart sshd right after running pacman -Syu. If you are upgrading to openssh-8.2p1-3 or higher, this restart will happen automatically.

rsync compatibility

2020-01-15

Our rsync package was shipped with bundled zlib to provide compatibility with the old-style --compress option up to version 3.1.0. Version 3.1.1 was released on 2014-06-22 and is shipped by all major distributions now.

So we decided to finally drop the bundled library and ship a package with system zlib. This also fixes security issues, actual ones and in future. Go and blame those running old versions if you encounter errors with rsync 3.1.3-3.

Now using Zstandard instead of xz for package compression

2020-01-04

As announced on the mailing list, on Friday, Dec 27 2019, our package compression scheme has changed from xz (.pkg.tar.xz) to zstd (.pkg.tar.zst).

zstd and xz trade blows in their compression ratio. Recompressing all packages to zstd with our options yields a total ~0.8% increase in package size on all of our packages combined, but the decompression time for all packages saw a ~1300% speedup.

We already have more than 545 zstd-compressed packages in our repositories, and as packages get updated more will keep rolling in. We have not found any user-facing issues as of yet, so things …

Older News

2019-12-20
Xorg cleanup requires manual intervention
2019-11-25
primus_vk>=1.3-1 update requires manual intervention
2019-11-10
New kernel packages and mkinitcpio hooks
2019-10-25
Clarification regarding recent email activity on the arch-announce list
2019-10-16
Required update to recent libarchive
2019-10-06
`base` group replaced by mandatory `base` package - manual intervention required
2019-08-26
astyle>=3.1-2 update requires manual intervention
2019-08-20
tensorflow>=1.14.0-5 update requires manual intervention
2019-07-11
libbloom>=1.6-2 update requires manual intervention
2019-06-27
mariadb 10.4.x update requires manual intervention

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geoipupdate 4.2.2-1 x86_64
qt5-xmlpatterns 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-base 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-x11extras 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-webview 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-websockets 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-webglplugin 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-webengine 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-webchannel 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-wayland 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-virtualkeyboard 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-tools 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-svg 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-speech 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64
qt5-serialport 5.15.0beta1-1 x86_64