Arch Linux Newsletter

Apr 30, 2006
Jason Chu
Jason "CanyonKnight"


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. Devland
  3. Forum Highlights
  4. Mailing List Highlights
  5. Package Highlights
  6. FAQ
  7. ArchStats
  8. Seti@home
  9. folding@home
  10. Bugs
  11. Closing

Front Page News

  1. Forum Registration Broken

    Forum registration is currently broken, but we're aware of it. Phil(dibblethewrecker) will be fixing it this weekend.


  1. Lua 5.1 is in testing. We're in the midst of rebuilding all the packages that depend on it.
  2. Jürgen is moving to Frankfurt, Germany this week for a new job. We wish you all the best.

Forum Highlights

  1. soloport made a script for checking out a single package from the Arch Linux CVS repo.
  2. The next release of Arch Linux (0.7.2) was given the codename Gimmick.
  3. pholie made a script for listing sizes of installed packages.
  4. Peque was setting up quotas for users in /home.
  5. moire wanted to know average thermal readings for nvidia users.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. Arch Linux got a new Malaysian mirror.
  2. Discussion on controlling Windows machines from a Linux machine.
  3. Discussion on how to recover files from a JFS partition.

Package Highlights


Q: What is the difference between AUR, COMMUNITY, and UNSUPPORTED?

A: AUR(Arch User Repository) is the name of the whole new system which is maintained by the TUs(Trusted Users). It lets anybody that signs up to upload PKGBUILDs to UNSUPPORTED but only TUs have access to COMMUNITY which is a binary repo that you can use with Pacman.

Q: Why aren't all packages in UNSUPPORTED added to COMMUNITY?

A: There are several reasons for that. The most important is that the package hasn't got many votes. It's also important that you vote for packages that already are in COMMUNITY, otherwise they could be disowned by the TUs and moved to UNSUPPORTED. Other reasons could be that the package is unmaintained upstream or has a licensing problem. Last but not least, no TU wants to do it.


To Participate, visit:

Number of registered systems: 767
Longest recorded uptime: 496 days, 9 hours, 22 minutes, 38 seconds.
Average uptime: 12 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes, 40 seconds.
Average installed packages: 552
Average system memory: 668MB
Lowest Bogomips: 266.19
Average Bogomips: 3511.56
Highest Bogomips: 6914.04


To Participate, visit:

Members: 22
Total credit: 257,474.30


Arch Linux Team Page
Extended Team Statistics  

Team Number: 45032
Members: 49
Score: 486706
Ranking: 657 of 43883



That's it for this time folks. If you have any opinions on the newsletter or have some things you wanna add, just send us a mail and we'll look into it.
Very best regards / Team Arch