Preview of Coming Improvements in 2010

Happy New Year! Here’s a little preview of what is coming in the world of TalkingArch.

X86_64 Images Soon!

For a long time now, people have been asking about x86_64 images. I don’t have the hardware, and I’m not planning to upgrade in the near future. However, I just got an email from Zack K, telling me that qemu can emulate x86_64. The requisite command is qemu-system-x86_64. I now have ArchLinux running on a 64-bit virtual machine, and I’m in the process of building a test image. Stay tuned.

Braille Support

A couple of you want braille support. This put me in a bit of a dilemma. Braille support is provided by brltty, but the brltty package from the official repositories is much too large for inclusion on a small CD. It has entirely too many dependencies. Last month, I decided to make a customized brltty package, named brltty-minimal. It’s in my personal repo, and the PKGBUILD is in the AUR. This should fit nicely onto a CD, without increasing the size too much. Hopefully, the next TalkingArch snapshot will have braille support for those who need it.