Arch Linux Stable
Arch Linux Stable Branch/Snapshot
In reference to the discussion in this forum thread, the proposition has been put forth, initially by nagoola, to provide a stable branch or snapshot of the Arch Linux distribution.
To provide a stable branch for Arch Linux. This project shall serve to compliment and benefit Arch, the rolling release, and the community by conforming to The Arch Way and the K.I.S.S principle. It absolutely shall not and must not fork nor divide Arch, its community, nor code. Its existence must serve to unite, benefit and strengthen Arch, or it shall cease to be useful and therefore cease to exist.
Why a stable branch? A general consensus has been formed, of the opinion that such a project will be advantageous in several ways:
1. For the stability of workstations/production machines: Arch is of the highest quality, and the rolling release model is very strong. However, it is the hope of this project's members that a stable branch may bring the added benefit of less breakage- "when you need it to just work."
2. Desktops/Personal machines: The convenience of upgrading with less breakage appeals to those who want less time fixing package breakage and more time using Arch for other, more productive tasks.
3. To widen the Arch Linux horizon by appealing to users who would benefit from Arch in a production environment, as well as offer more choice for existing users, the Arch spectrum will be broadened, quality enhanced, and reputation heightened.
In the context of the Arch Linux Stable Branch, 'stable' will mean: The ability to provide a smooth transition between upgrades with an absolute minimal measure of breakage, ideally, none, while still remaining compatible with the current rolling system.
1. Project Leader - for delegating tasks and project direction.
2. Packagers - for choosing and handling packages to add to the snapshot repo.
3. Testers - for testing the stability of packages, logistics, and assistance.
4. Communication between all involved.
5. Repository - which will require a server.
6. (Possibly) Scripting - submit a prototype script below, which can tweak the client (user) pacman.conf to ignorepkg= unstablepkg
The project volunteers must be dedicated and able to perform their responsibilities effectively and expeditiously. They must be capable of their assigned tasks, personable, and must keep each other informed of progress and issues as they arise.
Currently, the project has recruited these members:
nagoola - Project Management tasks / Communication. Also programming or package maintenance.
ibendiben - Coming soon, yet to decide
Misfit138 - Wrote this page-I am above average with English. Below average at GNU/Linux.
(Please add/remove your name as appropriate and state briefly what you are qualified to offer the project.)
Several different methods of achieving the project goal have been proposed-
1. Loosely basing the stable branch on Slackware packaging- expand to clarify, discuss.
2. An rsync of core and extra every xx days, using the mirror as the package source. Longer periods of time (3-6 months) will bring unwanted issues. Once per month may be practical? Discuss.
3. Instead of making one stable image, keep every major earlier version of packages, allowing the user choose which version of a package he should install.
4. Loosely basing the stable branch on the Frugalware methodology. (Expand to clarify.)
5. No stable "release" per se, but rather, stable packages.
6. Incorporating scripts to tweak ignorepkg= in pacman.conf on client (user) machines, until issues (upstream, configuration and otherwise) can be resolved, or instructions on fixage is secured. Submit a script here by pasting it below.
7. Package tagging system- whereby through testing and data gleaned from the Package Upgrade issues subforum, packages may be tagged as stable/unstable and appropriate action taken.
As it is early in the project, all are invited to discuss.
IRC- irc.freenode.net #archlinux-stable
- Prototype Scripts
The project must start somewhere.
A small, manageable stable snapshot of the core repo may be the best way to begin work; adding as future manpower allows until a complete stable system is achieved.
For tidiness, please use the Discussion tab for now. Please feel free to add to or otherwise modify this project page and join the discussion at irc.freenode.net #archlinux-stable.