Arch Linux Weekly Newsletter

Jason Chu and Ben Mazer


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


This Week in Dev Land

  1. Discussion rages on about Arch's goals and the eventual changes to take place.
  2. On that note, a document has been drafted relating to the eventual changes in package submission.
  3. Dusty and Dennis are laying out their plans for documentation, though still plowing ahead.
  4. A new fortran compiler has been added to extra. Rather than having to use a modified gcc, all fortran dependent packages can use f2c.

ArchStats Updates

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Number of registered systems: 404
Date first system was registered: 20031017
Most recent update occurred: 20040511
Longest recorded uptime: 175 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes, 55 seconds.
Average uptime: 4 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes, 40 seconds.
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 260
Most packages installed on a system: 733


Forum Highlights

  1. JGC has made a repository for Ximian OpenOffice. Since the latest version of vanilla open office is having trouble with GCC 3.4, this is an alternative. Read the thread here:

  2. gaspojo has made more Archlinux wallpapers. All of them are located at

TUR Mailing List

I spent a little bit of time cleaning up STAGING, but there's still lots of work to be done. Hopefully the TURs will spend a bit of time to update packages. Damir has also been doing a great job in testing packages. Lots of programs have gone into Extra recently.


Package Highlights

  1. Mono Beta 1 was released and packaged. This is a testing version in preparation for the 1.0 release. Read all about it at

New Packages

stegdetect 0.5-2
distcc 2.12.1-2
grub 0.94-2
tcp_wrappers 7.6-4
openobex 1.0.1-1
xfig 3.2.4-1
unixodbc 2.2.7-2
mdadm 1.5.0-1
net-tools 1.60-6
gtkglext 1.0.6-1
xdiskusage 1.47-1
wine 20040505-2
knockd 0.3-1
bash 2.05b-12t2
octave 2.1.57-1
ecasound 2.3.3-1
sweep 0.8.3-1
streamtuner 0.12.1-1
librsvg 2.7.1-1
imagemagick 6.0.1-1
scite 1.60-1
streamripper 1.60.5-1
id3 0.72-2
id3v2 0.1.11-1
easytag 0.30-2
labplot 1.3.0.pre2-1
sysklogd 1.4.1-10t1
x 11R6.7.0-1t4
liferea 0.4.8-1
r 1.9.0-1
libxml++ 1.0.2-1
ed2k-gtk-gui 0.6.2-1
xsane 0.93-1
dillo 0.8.0-2
pstoedit 3.33-1
sysklogd 1.4.1-9
dcron 2.9-2
libol 0.3.13-1
syslog-ng 1.6.2-1
exim 4.33-1
gammu 0.95.0-1
mono 0.91-1
docbook-xsl 1.65.1-1
xpad 1.13.1-1
sane 1.0.14-1
gnome-terminal 2.6.1-1
dia 0.93-1
allegro 4.1.14-1
hicolor-icon-theme 0.5-1
rhythmbox 0.8.3-1
planner 0.11-3
gnumeric 1.2.12-1
gst-plugins 0.8.1-2
gnomeicu 0.99.5-2
dctc 0.85.9-2
libsamplerate 0.1.0-1
libgsf 1.9.0-1
sound-juicer 0.5.11-1
motion 3.1.13-1
vtun 2.6-4
wdm 1.26-3
tpb 0.6.1-2
uptimed 0.3.1-3
frozen-bubble 1.0.0-2
sdl_perl-compat 1.19.2-2
stunnel 4.05-1
quickswitch 1.05-2
pwm 20030617-3
mozilla-thunderbird 0.6-2
namcap 1.4-1
glibc 2.3.2-4t1
etherape 0.9.0-3
geoip 1.3.1-2
pekwm 0.1.3-4
mlterm 2.8.0-4
enscript 1.6.4-2
a2ps 4.13b-2
a2ps-lprng 4.13b-4
rsync 2.6.2-1
tpop3d 1.5.3-1
ltrace 0.3.32-1
dcraw 1.189-1
ghex 2.6.0-1
dvdrip 0.50.18-1
gtk-perl 0.7009-6


muine 0.6.0-s1
briquolo 0.4.2-1
tutris 1.0.1-s1
straw 0.23-1
qtparted 0.4.4-1
workrave 1.4.1-s1
fftw3 3.0.1-1
gxine 0.3.3-s1
gmencoder 0.1.0-s1
aspell-fr 0.50.1-1
cmf 1.4.2-s1
gnotime 2.1.7-s1
smb4k 0.4.0-s1
gp 0.26-1
gtk-smooth-engine 0.5.6-s1
windowlab 1.23-s1
gtkglext 1.0.5-s1
gtkglextmm 1.0.1-s1
libgnomecups 0.1.6-2
hwd 1.6-2
ion-devel 20030814-1
gocr 0.39-s1
kbarcode 1.6.1-s1
ksambaplugin 0.5b2-1
labplot 1.2.2-1
libchipcard 0.9.1-1
plone 2.0-s1
libksba 0.4.7-1
ether-wake 1.09-1
gxmame 0.34b-1
libofx 0.6.4-1
putty 0.54-s2
fortune-mod-dune-quotes 2.0.1-s1
gtk-sharp 0.91.1-s1
lwm 1.2.0-1
mage 6.30.030607-1
materm 0.1-1
mlview 0.6.2-1
monopd 0.9.0-s1
mp3burn 0.3.1-1
pwgen 2.03-1
panorama-tools 2.6bml12-s1
parse-yapp 1.05-1
kshutdown 0.1.7-s1
pixieplus 0.5.4-1
potrace 1.2-1
potracegui 0.3-s1
prekin 6.30.030607-1
prizm 0.2-s1
pychecker 0.8.13-s1
pygtkglext 1.0.1-s1
scribus-devel 1.1.5-s1
scribus-docs 1.0.1-s1
seahorse 0.7.3-2
shaaft 0.5.0-1
supertux 0.1.0-s1
spe 0.4.2c-s1
gifsicle 1.40-1
tse3 0.2.7-1
ttf-cheapskate 0.1-2
universalkopete 0.1-1
klogic 1.6-s1
streamtuner-xiph 0.1.0-s1
streamtuner-python 0.1.1-s1
xml-dom 1.43-1
xml-regexp 0.03-1
xml-xql 0.68-1
logjam 4.4.0-s2
xtermset 0.5.1-s1
xv 3.10a-1
xymms 0.9.1-s1
sip 3.10.1-s1
qscintilla 1.2-s1
tnftp 20030825-1
imms 1.1-s1
adns-python 1.0.0-1
htmldoc 1.8.23-1
si3d 1.2-1
xfree86-freefonts-fonts 0.10-1
pil 1.1.4-s1
esmtp 0.5.0-1
gkrellm_amiconnected 0.6-1
gkrellmseti 0.7.0b-1
meld 0.9.1-1
msmtp 0.7.1-1
nautilus_thumbnailers 0.0.3-1
ne 1.20-1
njam 1.00-1
digikam 0.6-s1
dosemu 1.2.1-s1
xfig 3.2.4-1
tuxpuck 0.8.2-1
pyxml 0.8.3-s1
skencil 0.6.16-s1
bfilter 0.9.3-1
opera 723-2
wtf 0.0.4-s1
amule 1.2.6-s2
jack-audio-connection-kit 0.91.1-2
fbpager 0.1.4-s1
mpd 0.10.3-s1
bittornado 0.2.0-s1
py-libmpdclient 0.10.0-s1
cups-pdf 1.4.2a-s1
3ddesktop 0.2.5-s1
sim 0.9.3-1
ntfsprogs 1.9.1-1
kdetv 0.8.0-1
sip 4.0rc3-s1
pstoedit 3.33-1
pyqt 3.11-s1
qalculate 0.5.1-s1
soundtracker 0.6.7-s1
tla 1.2-s1
pycrypto 1.9a6-s1
emelfm2 0.0.7-s2
sylpheed-gtk2 0.9.9-s2
gnome-cups-manager 0.17-2
lyx-qt 1.3.4-s1
kradio 0.3.0-2
synaptics 0.12.5-2
eric 3.4.1-s1
unison 2.9.1-1
lablgtk 1.2.6-1
ocaml 3.07pl2-1
giftui 0.4.0-s2



Q: Im installing packages from -Current, but they're not working
A: If you want to install packages from -Current (e.g. not from the release CD), then you MUST be pacman -Syu often. This keeps your system up to date. Arch always uses the latest libraries/compilers, and frequently there are binary incompatibilities with the Release ISO. If things aren't working, always try a sys update, because fixed/updated packages are probably already out.


Bugs Closed This Week

829. stegdetect build error
890. Bash Segmentation Faults
885. Streamtuner Needs Updating (Which Requires Patching to Do So)
886. r's PKGBUILD has a typo
884. xkb problems with pkg
851. docbook-xsl missing manpages xsl files
882. libtar source changed
739. PerlMagick binary missing
877. gnome-terminal 2.6.1 build fix
838. gst-plugins postinstall script
734. rhythmbox .install script bug
728. gnomeicu install script error
726. Planner Needs to be Rebuilt
826. dctc missing
771. gnumeric - all options in preferences are labelled 'missing schema'
733. magicdev has 2 .installscripts in ABS
767. make namcap check for TESTING release numbers in dependency packages.
841. FB and New PERL
879. thunderbird 0.6-1 dependency
820. Nvidia Driver and kernel module suggestion

Bugs Opened This Week

898. gv build error
897. libicq2000 download issues
896. fluxbox-devel does not exit properly
895. gtklp depends on old libssl
894. crashes when adding mp3s to an audio cd project
892. imagemagick fails on install. perl5.8
891. Segfault with pacman -S
889. JuK requires 'trm'
888. Timestamp support for Pacman
887. id3lib have problems
883. firefox&thunderbird icons and images


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

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