Arch Linux Newsletter

Oct 22, 2007
Jason Chu
Eduardo Romero "kensai" Web Log


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. Humor
  8. ArchStats
  9. Seti@home
  10. folding@home
  11. Bugs
  12. Closing

Front Page News

  1. New Announcement Mailing List

    We've added a new mailing list for special announcements in the same vein as front page news and forum announcements.

    This should be useful for anyone who doesn't frequent the forums or front page daily.

    In addition, I will be CC-ing devland status reports to the list every Monday, for those of you interested in the developer happenings.



  1. New UK mirror:
  2. Eric Belanger and Eliott are away for a little while.
  3. Discussion has heated up regarding replacing CVS for maintaining packages. There was a prototype implementation of an svn repo
  4. Discussion also continues a lot around what packages should go into what repo. Most of the discussion stems from here:
  5. There have been lots of updates to packages in core. Search for signoff threads on arch-dev-public:
  6. Andy mentioned that we should probably rebuild the core repo against the new glibc/gcc packages. Soon there will be lots of package updates for everyone to download:

Forum Highlights

  1. ramjet, wants to self destruct a server, if it ever gets detected. The thread was seen as it should be locked, but it turned out quite interesting to read the suggestions.
  2. peets, wants to know what people think on the future of composite environments, and the existing variations of them, Would they all support composite in the near future?
  3. normc, asks people for suggestions on a money managing application.
  4. nucleuswizard, wants to know how to make his Arch system beautiful. Some good suggestion has been given so far, join the discussion with your suggestions as well.

Mailing List Highlights

  1. daniel g. siegel, wants hints on how to get better transfer rates of usb 2.0.
  2. Jeffrey Parke, wants people opinions on good virtualization software.
  3. tardo, reports on the progress of AUR.

Package Highlights


Q: What is this new [core] repository? and how is it different to what [current] was?

A: Some time ago, the developers team discussed a shuffling of the Arch Linux repository structure. The new [core] repository will contain all essential packages for getting a system up and running. In essence these packages are the core of Arch Linux. Everything else from current that is non-essential has been moved to [extra].



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Longest recorded uptime: 494 days, 3 hours, 29 minutes, 25 seconds.
Average uptime: 17 days, 3 hours, 33 minutes, 54 seconds.
Average installed packages: 548
Average system memory: 942MB
Slowest CPU (MHz): 175.00
Average CPU (MHz): 1777.96
Fastest CPU (MHz): 3417.27


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Extended Team Statistics

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Members: 154
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Ranking: 305 of 84279



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The best for all of you / Arch Linux Team