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#1 2022-03-15 02:31:01

amghwk
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The Who and How Arch is Being Updated Constantly?

I'm a newbie in Arch but got hooked to it for the past 2 years. I'm now using Arch as my main OS in all of my systems. I like the "modularity" of the installation and the powerful pacman and yay helper. 

It's mind boggling to see the rolling release nature of Arch. Just after updating, when doing a Syu again after a couple of hours I already see more updates available.

I am just wondering - who are responsible for releasing these updates?

Are there people just sitting in front of the computers whole day and keep updating the repos?

Don't they have other jobs?

Are they working full time in maintaining Arch? 

Are these people volunteers or get paid for maintaining the main Arch repos?

These are some questions been going around in my mind.

Thanks for any helpful information.

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#2 2022-03-15 02:38:28

jasonwryan
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Registered: 2009-05-09
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Re: The Who and How Arch is Being Updated Constantly?

Volunteers. They get tacos.


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#3 2022-03-15 02:42:22

Trilby
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Registered: 2011-11-29
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Re: The Who and How Arch is Being Updated Constantly?

https://archlinux.org/people/developers/
https://archlinux.org/people/trusted-users/

They are all volunteers.  None of them get paid for working on arch.  I suspect they all have jobs... maybe one or two live in their mom's basement, I suppose I can't rule that out.

But as you can see that's over 100 people.  If each of them were to update their packages just once per month, we could still see updates in the repos several times each day.  In reality, they each have their own habits or schedules of when they might devote time to packaging.  Some of them are very active, others less so.


"UNIX is simple and coherent..." - Dennis Ritchie, "GNU's Not UNIX" -  Richard Stallman

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#4 2022-03-15 20:47:57

Muflone
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From: Italy
Registered: 2013-10-08
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Re: The Who and How Arch is Being Updated Constantly?

Everyone in the staff is volunteer and not paid.

amghwk wrote:

Are there people just sitting in front of the computers whole day and keep updating the repos?

No, packages are updated in the free time for each maintainer

amghwk wrote:

Don't they have other jobs?

Are they working full time in maintaining Arch?

Some of them work
Some of them study
Some of them (I believe) are unemployed

amghwk wrote:

Are these people volunteers or get paid for maintaining the main Arch repos?


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#5 2022-03-15 23:53:15

Allan
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From: Brisbane, AU
Registered: 2007-06-09
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Re: The Who and How Arch is Being Updated Constantly?

I have updated packages while listening to The Who.

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