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Well, it's September. A month I've never been able to enjoy much, as life usually gets crazy busy this time of year. Thankfully this should be my last year of university.

Arch Linux
I released Pacman 2.6 a couple days ago, which supports some cool stuff like virtual provisions and package replacements. Pacman is well over a year old now, and I'm feeling confident that the source code has been seen by enough eyes that we'll be able to call it a mature piece of software some day.

It's a little exciting to see the power of open source at work. I love coming to my inbox, only to find 3 patches waiting for me from prolific souls around the internet. I've been in the industry for years now, but it's still remarkable to see so many people devote their time and expertise for no monetary gain.

Something to be said for that....

We've got the new website live at archlinux.org now, and it looks a lot better than the old one. Clean but functional and informative.

The release process for 0.5 (Nova) has started. Should be out in a few weeks.

That is all.

Wow, busy busy busy lately. Arch Linux is growing at manageable pace and I'm happy to report that we'll be moving all desktop computers over to linux at my place of work. I'm quite excited about this -- we'll be looking into a thin-client setup first, though we'll have to buy some pretty hefty application servers if we go that route.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

Play

I released Arch Linux 0.4 today. Just in time for me to vanish from the net for a week or so to visit my family for the holidays. :)

Work

We're hiring 4 new people immediately, then another 2 or 3 more in a couple months as our new division starts growing. Today is full of meetings and interviews, with a break midday to go check out the new LOTR movie. My company rocks.

School

Don't even ask -- oh, how I loathe it. The two hardest exams are tomorrow and Friday. Then I get two weeks respite and and it all begins again. *sigh* I just want to be coding.

Yes, I'm still alive, but barely.

I got a 0.4beta iso out today, so we should have 0.4 released in a week or two, just in time for me to finish my finals and head home for Christmas.

I saw a little review of Arch Linux on OSNews today.

Arch Linux

I released all the gcc3-built packages today, after 3 weeks of testing. They all build except for a few kde ones. 0.4 will be in a month or so, depending on when the installer fixes are done.

21 Aug 2002 (updated 21 Aug 2002 at 21:57 UTC) »
Arch Linux

I released pacman 2.1 today. It has new functionality to allows users to access multiple package repositories at the same time, including their own custom ones. This also allows us to open up the new 'unofficial' package repository which will eventually contain a ton of unsupported packages. This will give Archers a lot more packages to choose from without bloating Arch's official package set. Go team!

Real Life

Except for work, no news to report here. We're really busy with at work with the acquisition of a new network, so I'm working heavy overtime to move services/servers/networks around while trying to release our revamped flagship product after 8 months of development. And when this is all done I have to go back to school. :(

I learn so much more in real life than I do there.

Arch Linux

Whew... finally got the damn thing released. 0.3 (Firefly) is out doing its thing, and hopefully everything is a little better than it was in 0.2. The great thing about a young version like 0.3 is that you're allowed (nay, expected) to have some screw-ups. That makes my job a little less stressful.

Arch Linux

Released pacman 2.0 today -- it will be on the mirrors tonight. I had to leave some things out until 2.1 so I can move on and start preparing for the Arch 0.3 release. I've been thru the hoops a few times now, so the release process is getting smoother and more defined.

I rebuilt the bootdisk set with 3 disks instead of two: one for kernel, one for modules, and one for the root filesystem. Works nicely and (theoretically) supports ide, scsi and pcmcia. The install program is also smoother.

Look ma! We're getting closer!

Fun

Got back from the houseboat trip last night, went to bed at 6pm and woke up this morning at 8:00. The floor is still moving.

Microsoft Fun

A few good Palladium/TCPA links floating around, if you're interested in where Microsoft and friends are heading:
http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20020627.html
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/rja14/tcpa-faq.html

Assuming these guys know what they're talking about, this does not bode well for linux.

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