Arch Linux Newsletter

Jul 23, 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. Beyond Bugs & Updates

    With the latest release, 2.6.17-beyond2.2, I have begun adding gentoo's genpatches into the set, which should keep beyond more up to date and stable.

    There is also now a new, dedicated beyond bug tracker, now available at: This is the preferred method of reporting bugs, in both the beyond patch and the beyond package, as I don't have time to read the forums, and emails easily get lost or forgotten.
    So if you have any problems, don't hesitate to report them, as each bug fixed will make beyond better and better.


  1. There was a security vulnerability in samba that affects versions 3.0.1 - 3.0.22. Please upgrade soon to samba 3.0.23.
  2. Paul's back from holidays. Hi Paul!
  3. I was gone on holidays from the 22nd to the 26th. That's why this newsletter is so late.

Forum Highlights

  1. lilsirecho was looking at the total size of packages is the repos.
  2. barebones made a conky setup for the Arch Linux news feed.
  3. poetofnumbers was curious about what laptops people use with Arch.
  4. lessthanjake made a tray notification applet for the news and updates on Arch Linux main page.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. Interest in custom firewall rules.
  2. Finding out the cause of a gaim-svn error.
  3. An error message during the pacman system upgrade process.

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.


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Longest recorded uptime: 494 days, 3 hours, 29 minutes, 25 seconds.
Average uptime: 12 days, 2 hours, 52 minutes, 43 seconds.
Average installed packages: 441
Average system memory: 726MB
Lowest Bogomips: 266.13
Average Bogomips: 3555.79
Highest Bogomips: 6807.15


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Extended Team Statistics

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Members: 66
Score: 806684
Ranking: 502 of 44668



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