Arch Linux Newsletter

May 28, 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. openssl 0.9.8 update in testing

    Openssl has been updated to latest 0.9.8 series, expect breakage on some apps, we already have a TODO list about the packages that need to be rebuilt, I tried to rebuild the most important ones already.

  2. GCC change in testing, read this when using non-free software

    GCC in testing no longer includes the files that used to be in older versions of the package. The files have been moved to the libstdc++5 package, which means dependencies should get updated to reflect this change.

    This affects mostly non-free software like skype, but also open-source software in the repositories or on your system that hasn't been built since the release of GCC 3.4.

  3. Arch 0.7.2 (Gimmick) Released

    Arch Linux 0.7.2 (Gimmick) is now available for download. This time, we've provided three different ISO images for you to use: an FTP-only image (13mb), a Base-only image (145mb), and our full image that contains the entire Current repository (519mb).

    As always, please use a mirror or a torrent to download. You'll find all the interesting links on our Download page.


  4. glibc in testin will drop kernel 2.4 support

    Somewhere this week glibc 2.4 will enter testing, together with gcc 4.1 and a matching binutils. Glibc 2.4 has not support for linuxthreads, which means kernel 2.4 is no longer supported.

    This means, that if you use testing on a 2.4 box, you should not upgrade to packages in testing after the glibc 2.4 package has gone in.

  5. amarok 1.4.0 - fast forward

    Important changes in amarok 1.4.0:

    a detailed view on new feature in amarok 1.4 can be found here

    if you use sqlite db-engine and amarok is not longer able to rebuild your collection, please have a look at bug 4658 for a solution.

  6. vim-7 goes testing

    The patches for the new vim pile up very fast. Even if vim was in unstable for a long time, I don't wanna move it straight to current. There are a bunch of significant changes in both the software and our packaging. More explanation you can find here


  1. We're working on setting up official support for x86_64. Andy is uploading and merging all of the arch64 packages.
  2. Testing is in a very large state of flux: glibc, gcc, openssl, db, and gnutls are all in there. Feel free to test it out and share any problems you have with it.

Forum Highlights

  1. hollywoodb was looking for what different people put in .bashrc files.
  2. motyR made a KDE GUI for pacman.
  3. dtw let everyone know of an AUR accident that has been fixed.
  4. arooaroo found a nice review about Arch on Newsforge.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. Discussion on what people use for managing gpg/pgp keys
  2. The use of the "force" option in pacman.
  3. With the release of 0.7.2, many suggested future codenames. A very long thread with many clever and funny names.

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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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