With version 2, ABS has moved to an rsync method for pulling the ABS tree, as part of the changes that needed to be made for our internal move from CVS to SVN as our source control mechanism. This means a few things: 1) cvsup/csup are no longer required, rsync is used instead 2) Configuration moved from /etc/abs/abs.conf to /etc/abs.conf - /etc/abs/* are no longer required Also, since category information (ie. base, devel, editors) is no longer stored in the repo, makeworld has been updated - check makeworld -h for more info.
A new batch of install images is currently syncing to mirrors. FTP images have been made available tonight, while CORE images will be pushed tomorrow night in order to distribute the load. This marks the first release (well ok... release candidate) based on a true live Arch system. That is, what's on the images is just a plain old base installation which just happens to boot off of a CD or USB stick. Whoah... did you just say USB stick? Why yes I did! That's right, from here on out we'll be offering bootable USB disk images that can act as a live system or installer. The installer script itself is roughly the same as it's always been. The most noticable change is the use of UUIDs instead of sdX/hdX entries by default. A more detailed changelog should be visible on [projects.archlinux.org] soon-ish. If you get the chance, please give the images a spin. You can find them on our [mirrors], in the iso directory. Please file [bugs] if you encounter any problems. By the way, the "RC" status of these images should not be a turn-off if you're looking to install Arch, there's a very good chance they'll work just fine for you.