Arch Linux Newsletter

June 20, 2004
Jason Chu
Ben Mazer


Welcome to the Arch Linux Newsletter. This document attempts to give you an "at a glance" look at the world of Arch Linux.

Table Of Contents

  1. Front Page News
  2. Dev Land
  3. ArchStats
  4. Forum Highlights
  5. Mailing List Highlights
  6. Tur Update
  7. Package Highlights
  8. New Packages
  9. FAQ
  10. Bugs
    1. Closed Bugs
    2. Opened Bugs
  11. The Community
  12. Closing

Front Page News

None this week...

This Week in Devland

  1. A subversion repo has been created for developing the AUR system. Things are moving, albeit slowly. Feel free to take a look:
  2. Dale has been putting in some time on the Firefox and Thunderbird packages. He'd rather have working, tested packages than rush something out because people want it.

Archstats Update

Number of registered systems: 466
Date first system was registered: 20031017
Most recent update occurred: 20040620
Longest recorded uptime: 175 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes.
Average uptime: 5 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes, 21 seconds.
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 263
Most packages installed on a system: 733

Forum Highlights

Nothing interesting this week, help make some news.

Mailing List Highlights

More mailing list controversy raged on this week. Everyone got their Arch complaints and nitpicks out, and a few flame wars brewed. The "What Gives" thread continued, and Sarah Hay, a former developer sent out a letter to the community. If you have a specific problem in Arch or some gratitude to give, don't hesitate to post about it on the mailing list, Arch grows through constructive criticism. Please remember that we're a volunteer community though, and actions speak louder than words.

TUR Update

We continue to add and update packages. Just like the normal developers, we don't have time to check every package for new versions. If you see a package is out of date or broken, please drop a note on the TUR mailing list. We all read it, and will update the package as quickly as we can.

Package Highlights

  1. Version 2.6.7 of the Linux kernel was released and packaged this week. As with all of the 2.6 series, this contains both bug and feature updates. Read the Changelog for a full list of changes.
  2. MONO Beta 3 was released this week. It features more bug squashing in anticipation for the big 1.0 release. Read all the details at the Mono website
  3. AmaroK 1.0 came out this week. It's big news for KDE fans. AmaroK is a stable and powerful music player that could take away the music crown from XMMS one day. Read about the milestone on the AmaroK website.

New Packages


  1. Q: I asked for help in the Arch IRC channel, but I got RTFM'd. Why did people call me a scallawag?

    A: Some Arch users have a habit of coming into the IRC channel angry. The best thing you can do is search the forum, wiki, and google before coming for help. If you've done that, and the taunting persists, just call them a scallawag back.

  2. Q: I see new packages on the front page of the Arch website, but when I re-sync in pacman, those packages aren't available. What's happening?

    A: It may take up to 24 hours for your mirror to re-sync with the main server. If after a long period of time updated packages aren't available, consider changing the mirror used in your pacman.conf.


Bugs Closed

Bugs Opened

The Community

Starting off a new section in the newsletter, we'd like to ask: What type of computer do users find Arch most suitable for? Do you run Arch on your server, workstation, laptop, or something else? Do you ever feel yourself wanting Arch on a non-x86 architecture? Feel free to respond on the mailing list or forum. Arch is a small distro with few resources, so it is best for us to focus on what the users actually use. We're not trying to run everywhere.


Plenty of people responded to last weeks newsletter, stating that they enjoyed the email edition. We will continue to provide an email version, but to get the full "newsletter experience", you should visit the new DOC STANDARD-ized version. We'll also be changing the content of the newsletter as the weeks go by, until we can find a nice interesting set of information to report on.

That's it for this week, stay tuned for more exciting Arch Linux news.