Arch Linux Newsletter

Jun 25, 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. Summary of questions on upgrade to current

    If you start upgrading to new current you are asked some questions: remove devfsd
    remove rar
    replace alsa-driver
    replace pcmcia-cs
    replace kernel24 kernel24-scsi
    It is safe to say Y to those questions, since we dropped suppot for kernel 2.4 series those packages are not needed anymore. rar was removed because it's shareware and unrar was added instead, which is freeware.

    Servers should be in sync in 24 - 48 hours I think.

  2. Testing Move

    In the next little while we'll be moving everything from testing to current and extra. Some mirrors will get out of sync during the move, so don't update unless you have to. It will be less painful if you update after we announce everything has been moved.

    - Updated gcc/glibc/ssl/db/apache to new major versions.
    Many packages rebuilt.
    - Updated kernel26 to 2.6.17 and started using mkinitcpio
    Click here
    - Support for kernel 2.4 dropped. All kernel 2.4 packages and dependencies will be removed on update.


  1. James made a change to the network-profiles scripts to make it easier to configure wpa. They will be available to everyone in the next release.
  2. Paul is in Italy for the next week. He's probably having a lot more fun than we all are ;)
  3. Aaron will be out part of next week.

Forum Highlights

  1. rasat made an application for getting very descriptive package information.
  2. iphitus experimented with fs-fcache in order to improve boot efficiency.
  3. thydian gave praise to the rolling release system.
  4. Jacek Poplawski wanted to know what people thought of Linux games.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. An effort on getting SCIM working with KDE.
  2. Fixing fonts that may look ugly.
  3. Getting Acroread to work properly.

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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Average uptime: 12 days, 20 hours, 51 minutes, 27 seconds.
Average installed packages: 426
Average system memory: 722MB
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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