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community-operated package repository that grows in size and
quality each and every day.
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MySQL 5.5 is now in [extra]. This is a major version upgrade from the
5.1 editions previously in the repositories. Archive, Blackhole, and
Federated engine support are no longer included in this package, since
they are not heavily used.
After upgrading the MySQL package and restarting the database, you
will need to run
mysql_upgrade to ensure your tables, views and
stored procedures are up to date and compatible with MySQL 5.5.
KDE announced the availability of
its Software Compilation 4.6. You will find all upstream changes and new
features on their website: http://kde.org/announcements/4.6/. As usual
we provide the latest packages for Arch.
This release offers UPower, UDev and UDisks support that can be used
instead of the deprecated HAL. For that, the hal package is no more a
requirement of kdebase-workspace and can be removed from your system.
KDE PIM ...
The update to glibc-2.12.2-1
increases the minimum required kernel version to 2.6.27. This kernel
version was chosen as it is currently the oldest kernel with longterm
support upstream. Users of the Arch "kernel26" and "kernel26-lts"
packages are unaffected by this change.
Those wanting to continue the use of an older kernel version will be
required to rebuild the glibc package with the appropriate adjustment
made to the "--enable-kernel" configuration option.
A major Python update has just been moved from the testing
repositories and will be available on a mirror near you. The default
"python" package is now for the 3.x series while the 2.x series has
been moved to a "python2" package, with python-2.7 having been
scheduled to be the last major release in the python-2.x series.
Since /usr/bin/python will now point to the 3.x binary, any program ...
We now regularly poll all official
mirrors and gather statistics such as syncing delay, check duration,
availability, and error conditions. This information is available on the
mirror status page. Please consult the page for more details on what is collected, how often it runs, and how it works.
In addition, you can now update your mirrorlist and choose to have it automatically sorted using the up-to-date mirror status information.
Two years ago, we introduced pkgstats.
This time, after a major revamp, we are re-introducing it to you!
Contributing is as easy as installing the package - a weekly cron job
will take care of the rest. You will be sending us a list of packages
installed on your system, along with the architecture and mirror you
use. This information is anonymous and cannot be used to identify you,
but it will help us prioritize our ...
Announcing the much-anticipated Arch Linux ezine, Rolling Release!
Based on the Ars Technica model, Rolling Release provides an open
platform for sharing news of interest to the Arch community. Check it
out, contribute, and follow us onsite, or via email, RSS, Twitter, or
I am happy to announce the availability of the new multilib repository.
At this time, it contains wine, skype and flashplugin. Furthermore, a
multilib compiler is available.
With the launch of the multilib repository all old 'lib32' packages are
being removed from community - the core/extra/community repositories
will be "pure 64 bit" again.
If you want to use the new multilib packages (and most desktop or laptop
users probably do), add the following lines ...
KDE SC 4.5.0 has moved into the [extra] repository. Notable changes
with respect to previous releases are:
- kdepim has seen no new release, please continue to use version 4.4.5
- due to incompatibility with ruby 1.9, ruby kdebindings are not provided
- webkit support in konqueror is provided by kwebkitpart
- KDM is now started as the kdm user
- upstream removed five translations: csb, mai, mk, si and tg
The full upstream changelog ...
The latest version of perl 5.12.1 has been moved to core.
The perl package no longer implements versioned site_perl directories
but the 5.10.1 directories remains for legacy packages for now. Anyone
who custom builds perl modules into site_perl should rebuild them to
use the proper directories.