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Arch Linux 2012.10.06 Release

Arch Linux 2012.10.06 was announced on October 7th and it seems that I missed the 2012.09.07 release which was announced on September 8th and the 2012.08.04 release announced on August 4th. As with all releases the live system can be used for new installs or as a rescue system.

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ArchLinux Install Media 2012.08.04 available

Don’t know how I missed this, but Arch’s install media 2012.08.04 was made available on the 4th and it includes an update to Grub2, some changes to ZSH and the network daemon is started by default.

I’m downloading the ISO as I type this post and will begin the install shortly. If anything interesting comes up I’ll write it up.

Release announcement

Damn Small Linux is back

It has been four years since the last release of Damn Small Linux (DSL 4.4). On August 3rd John Andrews announced Release Candidate for DSL 4.11 which include the following improvements and additions:


  • Updated JWM
  • Updated Dillo
  • Added xChat
  • Added sic IRC client
  • Added XCalc-color
  • Removed flminical
  • Removed gphone
  • Removed naim/nicq/nirc


  • Switching between JWM and Fluxbox does not require restarting X
  • Bug Fixes
  • Themes and Menus

The ISO weighs in at 50.6 MB which is less than a MB increase compared to the 49.7 MB of version 4.4. The Linux kernel is at 2.4.31 which was upgraded from 2.4.26 in version 4.0. And as John mentions in the announcement “obviously this release will not work with the latest hardware technology”.



Arch Linux 2012.07.15 Release

Arch Linux 2012.07.15 was announced on July 22nd and was surprised to see that AIF has been removed. From the announcement:

Most notable change is that AIF (the Arch Installation Framework) is no longer included but instead some simple install scripts are provided to aid in the installation process. This means a menu driven installer is no longer available and we rely more on documentation to guide new users.

Also, the image installers will now be signed and their signatures should be verified before use by using the following command (from an existing Arch install):

pacman-key -v .sig

Would like to note that this is note a new release since Arch Linux is a rolling-release distribution. Arch Linux 2012.07.15 is available as a “netinstall” ISO image from the sites Downloads section.