Arch Linux Newsletter

Nov 26, 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

    Arch pastebin available

    There is an Arch-specific pastebin setup on our server now.
    See it here:


  1. Work has begun on the next set of isos. We're not sure if we should call them 0.7.3 or 0.8 though...

Forum Highlights

  1. PJ made some unofficial CD-covers for the next Arch release.
  2. Firmicus made a tool for visiting the official webpage of a package.
  3. banana989 wanted to know what computer blogs people read daily.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. The Arch Linux Wiki is getting more languages, with people working on Thai translations.
  2. Xfce 4.4 svn snapshots are available in the unstable repo .
  3. Converting files in a docbook editor to PDF format .

Package Highlights


Q: What is the difference between all the different repositories?

A: The [current] repository is the location of the packages available off of the install CD. The [extra] repository is the collection of packages that are outside of the install CD but maintained by the Arch Linux Developers. When a package is to be tested before release to [extra] or [current] it is placed in [testing]. [unstable] is the collection of packages considered to be unstable by the developers, but popular enough to be packaged for distribution. Finally the [community] repository is the location of packages that are in the AUR and have been adopted by a Trusted User who has packaged them for download.

More information here.

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: 11 days, 5 hours, 44 minutes, 27 seconds.
Average installed packages: 470
Average system memory: 745MB
Lowest Bogomips: 388.09
Average Bogomips: 3561.17
Highest Bogomips: 6807.15


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Extended Team Statistics

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Members: 87
Score: 1301399
Ranking: 397 of 46690



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