Thu, 22 Jan 2009

Arch Linux release engineering

I don't think I've ever seen so much anxiety/impatience/hope/buzz for a new Arch Linux release. (this is because of 2.6.28 with ext4 support).
The last release was 6 months ago, which is not so good.. also the arch-installer project has been slacking for a while. But the Arch devs have been very busy and many things going on. You know how it goes...

That's why some new people have stepped up to help out on a new release:
Today, we are on the verge of a 2009-01 release (though that has been said so many times lately ;-) and together with Aaron we have started a new project: the Arch Linux Release Engineering team.
Members of this team are Aaron himself, Gerhard Brauer and me.

Our goals:

  • coordinated releases following the rhythm of kernel releases (that's a release every 2-3 months baby!).
  • anticipate the availability of the kernel in the testing repo's instead of having to wait for it to go to core before building alpha/beta images
  • migration to AIF as the new Arch installer (woot!)
  • testing. Leveraging the possibilities of AIF as an unattended installer, we should be able to script full installations and health checking of the resulting system.
  • involving the community more? releasing "testing iso's" ? not sure about that. we'll see...

We also have:

Oh yeah AIF is mirrored @ and available packaged in the official repo's!


Congrats on the adoption of your framework. You are a good addition to the Arch Dev team!

Thanks Vincent! It was (and will be) time well spent ;-)





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