What is so new about Obarun that makes May’s edition obsolete?

There are several new things about Obarun that make the last batch of isos seem like they came from a different distribution.  But it has been emphasized by its founder that Obarun is not a distribution but a modification of an arch-linux installation.  I don’t for how long would this description be accurate, Obarun now looks like its on its way of become a complete and independent distribution, still based on Arch-Linux. Continue reading

Artix now has a new primary repository – thanks to @Nadir

UPDATE April 18th 2018

Thanks everyone for their help. A primary mirror has been setup by @Nadir and the secondary ones should resume sync’ing soon. Matej has contacted the administrator of an academic network, who’s agreed to setup a mirror too. This went better (and sooner) than expected. Well done!

April 16th 2018:  Artix needs our help and we endorse every single positive attribute to the great work that they have contributed to the Open/Free world.  This is a serious call for help, especially if you are either rich or working within a large computing organization, such as a major university you can help.  Their single master repository server that their 4 mirrors depended on is gone.  Here is their own announcement:

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Artix new repository structure for testing [gremlins]

The new repository structure for testing in artix follows the pattern of arch and substituting labels to avoid confusion.

Gremlins is the term for what Arch calls testing, and goblins is the term for what Arch calls staging (where dev.’s place new packages while they are being debugged and getting ready for production –> testing).  For users not willing to contribute to development, other than “testing” their work, goblins is no place to be.  Most certainly things will be “broken” in goblins, and if they weren’t they would be in testing, or to be distribution correct “gremlins”.  For stable users, nothing has changed. Continue reading

Devuan testing new amprolla3 powered repository

If you like to test the new amprolla3 powered repository system here is a small list of optional /etc/apt/sources.list

deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/ ascii main contrib non-free
deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-backports main contrib non-free
deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-proposed-updates main contrib non-free
deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-security main contrib non-free
deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-updates main contrib non-free
deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/devuan/ ascii-proposed main contrib non-free
deb https://pkgmaster.devuan.org/devuan/ ascii-proposed-security main contrib non-free
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Artix testing – still very stable

Updates/additions on Sept.14 2017

Artix, although unofficially announced, has indirectly announced its testing distribution which I have already tried, with many common packages found on desktops, openbox, and some lxde packages and lxpolkit on amd64.  No problems reported yet, and most of the forum members seem to instantly jumped and tried it.

The procedure is simple:

Instructions as I see them clear, because much of the information mentioned on the forum discussion seemed very confusing.

edit /etc/pacman.conf and uncomment the [system-testing] and the line below it. Continue reading