[arch-releng] 2009.08 release announcement draft

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 11:34:04 EDT 2009

On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 3:43 AM, Dieter Plaetinck<dieter at plaetinck.be> wrote:
> * added Gerhard's changes
> * add link to download section.  I guess that's pretty important too ;)
> * line6: sed 's/including/which includes/'
> * filled in link to ticket about grub booting problem
> * made better hyperlinks everywhere + link to 2009.02 when mentioning it at the end
> Hello Arch community,
> We hereby present you the 2009.08 snapshot images
The 2009.08 snapshot images are now available! (and just make this all
one paragraph with the next stuff)

> These images are the first fruits of our new arch-releng build environment on the sevenL server.
Interesting, but it really has no need to be in this release
announcement, I'd just cut it.

> They are built from a current snapshot of core, which includes kernel, udev 141-5 and pacman 3.3.0-2.

> Changes compared to 2009.02:
Changes since the 2009.02 release:

> - more up-to-date software (see above)
see what above? Either put it all above or all here, I wouldn't split
it up. Just something like (after dropping the above sentence) would
 - up-to-date packages including kernel, udev 141-5 and
pacman 3.3.0-2 (pacman 3.3.0-3 ?)

> - usage of new AIF installer, which brings:
>  * better disk editor with support for dm_crypt and lvm setups
>  * support for automated installations using config files (deprecates quickinst)
>  * a framework to build your own installation procedures
>  * better date/time setting with ntp support
"enhanced date/time setting", "better" is a vague word
>  * refactored grub installation routines
>  * usability improvements
> - aufs instead of unionfs
> - enhanced boot device detection on image start
> - ftp images are renamed to netinstall to avoid confusion
> - bugfixes (xfs freeze, mirror setting, clock correctness, network settings, ...)
> - and much more...
> <a href="http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DeveloperWiki:2009.08">
> detailed package list and additional snapshot information</a>
> <a href="http://bugs.archlinux.org/index.php?string=&project=6&due[]=59&due[]=67&due[]=72&status[]">A detailed list of closed tickets</a>
> As you can see, just like with <a href="http://www.archlinux.org/news/434/>2009.02</a> there have been some huge changes.
"large changes"
> We should be more settled now and hopefully it will be more straightforward to build snapshots in the future.
> Time will tell ;-).
Our release process has become more streamlined now and hopefully...

> As usual, the images come in iso and img flavors, with grub and isolinux for people <a href="http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/11408">whose cd-rom drive doesn't work with grub</a>
> Due to all mentioned changes, the <a href="http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Official_Arch_Linux_Install_Guide">installation guide</a> has also been overhauled.
> The new guide is for now only available in English but we'll add other versions when we receive translated versions.
> <a href="http://www.archlinux.org/download/">Download the new snapshots</a>

Your friendly native English speaker,


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