by Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Dieter Plaetinck
Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
Hi, New installation media are available. There are fewer of them, and they are
smaller. But they can do more...
Archiso (image builds):
* all iso files can now be burned onto CD's as well as written to media like
usb sticks (isohybrid)
* more than half of the packages in core are now xz compressed
* next to the single architecture images we provide dual images which can be
used as 32bit or 64bit medium
* use isolinux bootloader exclusively for booting the live media
* snapshot of current core, including kernel 188.8.131.52-1, pacman-3.3.3-5 and
* updated memtest
* support for PXE booting
* provide wpa_supplicant
* support virtio
AIF (installation tool): _ ability to choose uuid/label/devicefile blockdevice
representation; automatically applied in menu.lst, fstab, etc _ split off UI
library into separate [libui-sh] project _ support virtio blockdevices _
allow user to specify additional custom arguments for mkfs and the like
Additionally, quite some bugs have been fixed, mostly in AIF. And of course, the
[Official installation guide] has been updated to reflect these changes.
Thanks to everyone who contributed, this release took a long time but I think
it's worth it.
* [List of packages]
Andreas Radke wrote:
This release works with udev for input hotplugging and supports
`/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/*.conf` as a replacement for the hal .fdi files. After
upgrading to this release, configuration for input devices in hal is ignored.
Documentation about this change can be found on [the Xorg wiki article].
Nvidia-173xx and -96xx drivers currently don't support the new Xorg release. We
recommend using the xf86-video-nouveau driver package for now.
by Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Ionuț Mircea Bîr u
Ionuț Mircea Bîru wrote:
By popular demand, the next Bug Day will be on Saturday, July 3.
People are usually around all day, but you will certainly find us in the
#archlinux-bugs IRC channel in the afternoon and evening EST.
Happy bug squashing!
Dan McGee wrote:
The latest and greatest version of pacman is now available in [core]. As usual,
please report any issues or regressions to the [bug tracker] after searching
to see if your bug already exists. The changes in this release are detailed in
the [NEWS file].
Notable changes in this release:
* New "Architecture" option that will restrict pacman to installing only
packages from the given architecture
* Installing package with `-U` is now smart like `-S` — dependencies and
conflicts are now handled
* New `--print` and `--print-format` options to output in suitable format for
* Repository updates are faster as only new entries are extracted
* makepkg now aborts automatically with any errors during packaging
* makepkg now allows overrides of pkgver, pkgrel and arch in split packages
* ...and many more improvements.
Thanks again to all of the developers and contributors that have made this
Kevin Piche wrote:
The latest version of perl 5.12.1 has been moved to core.
The perl package no longer implements versioned site_perl directories but the
5.10.1 directories remains for legacy packages for now. Anyone who custom builds
perl modules into site_perl should rebuild them to use the proper directories.
by Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Thomas Bächler
Thomas Bächler wrote:
I am happy to announce the availability of the new multilib repository. At this
time, it contains wine, skype and flashplugin. Furthermore, a multilib compiler
With the launch of the multilib repository all old 'lib32' packages are being
removed from community - the core/extra/community repositories will be "pure 64
If you want to use the new multilib packages (and most desktop or laptop users
probably do), add the following lines to your pacman.conf:
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
by Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Daniel Griffiths
Daniel Griffiths wrote:
Announcing the much-anticipated Arch Linux ezine, [Rolling Release]! Based on
the Ars Technica model, Rolling Release provides an open platform for sharing
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