We have been slowly working towards the next pacman release. The major change for this release is the implementation of parallel downloads. Check out this video:
It is time for this feature to receive some wider testing. Grab the package using:
pacman -U http://allanmcrae.com/packages/pacman-6.0.0alpha1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst
This should be “safe” – there are quite a number of us using this code for our system management. There may be issues with AUR helpers due to ABI changes… If you are concerned, keep a copy of the repo package around to reinstall if necessary.
There are still a few issues with the downloader we will fix before release. If one of your mirrors is broken, you will be spammed with error messages at the end of the downloads. And TotalDownload does not work. But otherwise, it is good to go!
Report any bugs to the bug tracker.