Hot off the compilation press, Arch Linux comes to its full 2009.08 grandeur with a myriad of new and updated features, including exciting new additions to be utilized in the AIF (Arch Linux Installation Framework) and more, detailed within.Arch Linux, somewhat popular amongst the OSNews population, has been updated to the latest version of 2009.08, and the images have been released for download. It has the latest and greatest of core software, including kernel 220.127.116.11-1, udev 141-5 and pacman 3.3.0-3. The AIF also has been developed quite a bit, featuring a betterdisk editor with support for dm_crypt and lvm setups, automated installations using config files,a framework to build one’s own installation procedures, better date and time settings including ntp support, andrefactored grub installation methods.
Other points of interest are:
â€¢ Aufs instead of unionfs
â€¢ Enhanced boot device detection on image start
â€¢ Bugfixes (xfs freeze, mirror setting, clock correctness, network settings, …)
â€¢ More useful automatic configuration settings for your target system based on your settings during the installation
â€¢ Ftp images are renamed to netinstall to avoid confusion
The snapshots can be downloaded via bittorent or HTTP/FTP here.
Back then, in 2003, I read an article here about a new Arch Linux release. It was one of the first releases they had ever. About 0.6 or sth.
I installed Arch Linux to give it a try. I ended up dumping my Debian installation for it.
Since then, I never reinstalled my system. Arch Linux progressed _a lot_, just as the linux kernel and a lot of userspace stuff did in the last five years.
My old Arch installation is still running. Some updates broke stuff, and you had to keep an eye on them: the transition of configuration files has to be done manually. But in the end, it is the same system as in 2003, but completely up-to-date with the latest and greatest.
Congratulations! This small “cutting edge” distro has proven to be a stable system; it never let me down.
Keep up the good work!