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. An agreement has been reached relating to how the TURs and incoming will change. Once things are cleaned up a bit, we will let the public know.
  2. Dusty has started a doc that outlines most of the things that people complain about regularly on the forum. Not only the situations but also what the devs are doing about them. He'll make it public sometime.
  3. Damir has stopped maintaining kde. He was tired of spending days uploading. We're looking into getting someone to take up kde.

ArchStats Updates

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Number of registered systems: 412
Date first system was registered: 20031017
Most recent update occurred: 20040516
Longest recorded uptime: 175 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes, 55 seconds.
Average uptime: 4 days, 12 hours, 17 minutes, 52 seconds.
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 261
Most packages installed on a system: 733


Forum Highlights

  1. Discussion began on what Arch 0.7's Release Name should be. Cast your vote for 0.7's release name in this thread:

Mailing List

  1. Essien was having trouble building pacman on a uLibC system (for his Embedded ArchLinux Project). The problem was a missing glibc-specific function, which will be included in the next release of Pacman. Read the thread here:


Package Highlights

  1. Version 2.6.6 of the Linux kernel was released and packaged. This release has a wide variety of changes, including bug fixes, performance updates, and new drivers. Get all your kernel information from and

New Packages

xscreensaver 4.16-1
doxygen 1.3.7-1
dillo 0.8.1-1
ethereal 0.10.4-1
links 2.1pre15-1
mage 6.35.040409-1
prekin 6.35.040509-1
sox 12.17.4-2
gtick 0.3.1-1
getmail 3.2.4-1
dnsmasq 2.8-1
hotplug 2004_04_01-1
util-linux 2.12-3
mysql 4.0.19-1
groff 1.19.1-1
biopython 1.24-1
egenix-mx-base 2.0.5-1
mysql-python 0.9.2-1
pwgen 2.03-1
kile 1.6.3-1
libksba 0.9.1-1
ne 1.33-1
tar 1.14-1
pine 4.60-1
kernel24 2.4.26-3
kernel24-scsi 2.4.26-2
alsa-driver 1.0.4-4
samba 3.0.4-1
exim 4.34-1
hddtemp 0.3_beta11-1
bioperl 1.4-1
wlan-ng26 0.2.1pre20-5
abcm2ps-devel 4.4.5-1
ifplugd 0.25-1
gtetrinet 0.7.6-1
foobillard 3.0a-1
kernel26-scsi 2.6.6-1
kernel26 2.6.6-1


To get access to this, and other repos, visit muine 0.6.0-s1
briquolo 0.4.2-1
tutris 1.0.1-s1
straw 0.23-1
qtparted 0.4.4-s1
workrave 1.4.1-s1
fftw3 3.0.1-1
sim 0.9.3-s1
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
kdetv 0.8.0-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
ether-wake 1.09-1
gxmame 0.34b-1
libofx 0.6.4-1
fortune-mod-dune-quotes 2.0.1-s1
gtk-sharp 0.91.1-s1
lwm 1.2.0-1
materm 0.1-1
lablgtk 1.2.6-s1
monopd 0.9.0-s1
mp3burn 0.3.1-1
ntfsprogs 1.9.1-s1
ocaml 3.07pl2-s1
parse-yapp 1.05-1
kshutdown 0.1.7-s1
pixieplus 0.5.4-1
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 0.1.1-s1
synaptics 0.13.2-s1
tuxpuck 0.8.2-s1
spe 0.4.2c-s1
gifsicle 1.40-1
tse3 0.2.7-1
unison 2.9.1-s1
universalkopete 0.1-1
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
digikam 0.6.1-s1
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
njam 1.00-1
dosemu 1.2.1-s1
digikamplugins 0.6.1-s2
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
sip 4.0rc3-s1
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
eric 3.4.1-s1
giftui 0.4.0-s2



Bugs Closed This Week

910. sox missing lame dependency
905. util-linux upgrade and src change
908. kaffeine needs updating
903. alsa-driver does not work with kernel24 after last upgrade
859. Arch Linux Kernel Suggestion (pcspkr)
817. kernel config
698. missing option in kernel26 for cs46xx sound
893. Please provide highmem kernels
718. Add Dell Inspiron support to kernel 2.6

Bugs Opened This Week

912. Cannot load alsa-driver snd.o can't find kernel version
911. the Perl update has broken irssi
909. librsvg unstable version
907. gnome-python depends on pyorbit
906. GnomeICU Configuration Key Error
904. kernel 2.6.5-2 locks on boot hdc IRQ lost
902. Kaffe and j2re can't co-exist
901. libusb fails to download
900. xine-lib does not compile with gcc 3.4


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

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