Eric Bélanger wrote:
In order to help reduce the workload and expand the Arch Linux development team,
we are considering bringing on people to help out in the following projects:
1) Bug Wrangler:
Assign new bugs. Do initial triage; asking user to locate corresponding issue
upstream or open one if applicable. Request closure. Review trivial/easier
patches to our own stuff and give feedback. Stir up the stagnant pot of bugs and
move them forward or get them closed.
2) Mirror Administrator:
Handle new mirror requests through the bug tracker. Ensure contact information
is up to date. Be the lead contact on the arch-mirrors ML, answering any
questions that come up. Establish mirror quality control. Right now this is
manual via http://www.archlinux.org/mirrors/status/ and then contacting mirrors
that have been out of date for a while; improvements to archweb could be made to
3) Netcfg developer:
Implement bug fixes and feature requests to netcfg. Cleaning up the bug tracker
of the current open requests; either implement, fix, or close them.
4) Initscripts developer:
Implement bug fixes and feature requests to initscripts. Cleaning up the bug
tracker of the current open requests; either implement, fix, or close them.
5) ABS developer:
Implement bug fixes and feature requests to abs. Cleaning up the bug tracker of
the current open requests; either implement, fix, or close them.
Please send your applications to: applicants(a)archlinux.org. To help us filter
the applications by positions, add the appropriate tag at the begining of the
subject line: [application bug], [application mirror], [application netcfg],
[application initscripts] or [application abs]. Make sure to specify why do you
think that you'll be a good candidate for the position(s) you're applying for.
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
Angel Velasquez wrote:
MySQL 5.5 is now in [extra]. This is a major version upgrade from the 5.1
editions previously in the repositories. Archive, Blackhole, and Federated
engine support are no longer included in this package, since they are not
After upgrading the MySQL package and restarting the database, you will need to
run `mysql_upgrade` to ensure your tables, views and stored procedures are up to
date and compatible with MySQL 5.5.
It is always good to do a backup of your databases before doing the update. You
will also need to adjust my.cnf options in order to make it compatible with 5.5
release; more information is [available here].
Allan McRae wrote:
A major Python update has just been moved from the testing repositories and will
be available on a mirror near you. The default "python" package is now for the
3.x series while the 2.x series has been moved to a "python2" package, with
python-2.7 having been scheduled to be the last major release in the python-2.x
Since /usr/bin/python will now point to the 3.x binary, any program requiring
2.x needs to point to /usr/bin/python2 instead. All our packages have been
updated accordingly, but any remaining issues found can be reported to the bug
tracker (not the forums or mailing lists).
AUR and third-party packages/projects using Python will likely need updating to
reflect this move, as many programs are still incompatible with Python 3.
Allan McRae wrote:
The update to glibc-2.12.2-1 increases the minimum required kernel version to
2.6.27. This kernel version was chosen as it is currently the oldest kernel with
longterm support upstream. Users of the Arch "kernel26" and "kernel26-lts"
packages are unaffected by this change.
Those wanting to continue the use of an older kernel version will be required to
rebuild the glibc package with the appropriate adjustment made to the "--enable-
kernel" configuration option.