Arch Linux Weekly Newsletter
Welcome to the Arch Linux Newsletter. This attempts to give you an ``at a glance'' look at the world of Arch Linux.
- OpenSSL Upgrade
We've started the not-so-fun upgrade from openssl 0.9.6 to openssl 0.9.7. We've rebuilt about half of the 80 or so packages, and the rest should be done within the next day or two.
Please be patient while we get all this stuff rebuilt. Some bigger packages (like the collective works of GNOME) will take some time.
- Dale started a long discussion about mozilla plugins. Google gave us an answer. All mozilla plugins will work out of the box, after we rebuild them, from now on.
- The developers have been scramling to update all of their openssl dependent packages. I created a comprehensive list of all packages that were linked to opnessl, so expect all the errors to go away very soon.
- We are discussing releasing an 0.6.1 cd with the current openssl upgrade and other large updates we've made. That way it could save new users (who are installing off of cds) from having to download all these updates all over again.
- Three developers are going on holidays this week. We'll try to keep up with package updates while they're gone.
To participate, visit: http://archstats.coding-zone.com
Number of registered systems: 307
Date first system was registered: 20031017 [22:24:30]
Most recent update occurred: 20040321 [17:29:15]
Longest recorded uptime: 175 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes, 55 seconds
Average uptime: 4 days, 8 hours, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
Lowest kernel version: 2.4.21
Highest kernel version: 2.6.4
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 254
Most packages installed on a system: 563
- BlueBird started an Arch Linux Wallpaper contest. There are a bunch of submissions, so you have no excuse for a bad looking box now. http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=3304
- Wdemoss brought up the question of XFree86 4.4.0 again. This time, it was to debate whether Arch should use the X.org server, which was a fork of XFree86 4.4.0RC2. This decision is still under debate. Read the thread at: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=3286
- Alcattle wanted to know why Guests were allowed to post in the forum. Him and most of the posters were against the idea, claiming that it would cause more tolling. Join the debate over this way: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=3243
- Multiple threads (such as this one: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=3328) were started because of the OpenSSL upgrade. Please refrain from posting for a week or two on this, because the devs have to rebuild many packages.
We welcome Brice Carpentier as our newest Trusted User. We are still looking for more packagers, so contact the other TUs for the details on sponsorship (or email the TUR Mailing List).
- Wolfgang Pichler raised the question of replacing devfs with udev in the default Arch install. Udev still isn't mature and it is too risky to switch over at this point. As it matures though, Arch will have to switch because DevFS is obsoleted, and will be removed from the default kernel eventually. Read the thread here: http://www.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch/2004-March/001106.html
Testing has really ramped up this week, and many packages were moved to and from staging. Expect INCOMING to get cleaner in the next few weeks. For any would-be submitters though, please make sure your package isn't already made in INCOMING, STAGING, or the official repos. We don't need any extra clutter during the cleanup process.
To get access to this repository and the TURs, go to: http://tur.archlinux.org/
582. openssh-3.8p1-2 package corrupt
577. cdrdao isn't found during makepkg
580. perlxml dependencies
464. Mozilla 1.6 package has broken permissions.
545. gtk-perl-0.7009-3 install problems
568. perlxml install errors
556. gnupg installs to non-standard directories
574. licq fails to download
575. e2fsprogs warnings after come
573. nfs-utils warnings after compile
569. librep dependencies
563. mc segfault after Ctrl-o (gpm problem)
570. The windowmaker homepage is wrong
507. APR conflicts with APACHE
272. xosd should have gdk-pixbuf as dep
382. abcde's conf file
562. firestarter pkg only works with kernel 2.xx
291. wxpython missing dependency
514. ffmpeg needs fixing.
501. mplayer-plugin missing dep
558. default wdm-pam configuration makes wdm unusable
557. util-linux patched for encrypted drives
554. tin needs "ncurses" dependency
432. gnome-vfs-extras missing dependency
229. pacman group "xfce4-themes"
438. the Xfce group doesnt have xfce4-mixer
544. Spamassassin needs openssl as a dependency
547. gkrellweather does not show values
551. /sys is missing (kernel26)
588. evolution needs indent as a makedepend
587. flac needs a refresh...
586. latex2html fails to compile
585. fakeroot fails to download
584. i8kmon fails to compile
583. gtk 2.4 reminder
581. wxWindows changed their name to wxWidgets
579. xdiskusage dependencies
578. ogle dependecy problem
576. tetex compile error
572. libsndfile unable to be downloaded
571. Static version of libX11 and libXext
567. motion cannot be installed
566. replace /bin/su with file from coreutils
565. lisa (kdenetwork) is missing a startup script in /etc/rc.d/
564. List of files neede to compile third party kernel modules with 2.6
561. gdk-pixbuf dependencies
560 . bomberclone needs sdl
559 . ClanLib [please those basic libs with all the -enable that are recommended] plzz
555. numeric needs glibc as dependency
As a side note, I have started a project that attempts to test random packages already in the repositories. In it's current state, the packaging system ignores packages once they're in the official trees until an error is found. This makes many mistakes go unnoticed. I'm calling this the "Package Review Project". You can read all the info at: http://arch.gooeylinux.org. My hope is that the developers will eventually accept it and widespread testing can occur. Eventually I'd like to create a network of testers that could be used by the developers to test major changes (e.g. GTK 2.4 or the new OpenSSL).
We already have a few dedicated testers, and I'd like to thank Lavapunk for his hard work. He's tested just about every package I've listed. He has also found many packaging errors, and is helping to prove how needed this system is.
That's all for this week. Stay tuned for more exciting Arch Linux development.
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