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Wow, I've been away from LQ for close to a year (what can I say, my machine has been stable and my life has been busy), but this thread is kind of hilarious. This is not the first time the site has been down, and the rumors and worry are always there when updates are slow or the site is down, but this time, man things got ugly! I guess it's a testament to the affection of Slackers?!
It's good to see all the people that jumped up and donated when they thought things were in jeopardy, maybe these things wouldn't happen if we were all willing to donate a bit when things are good?
Reading this thread was kind of like showing up to a family reunion after the booze is already gone!
The website is the public face of Slackware. Don't underestimate how significant an outage of six days and counting is.
How superficial and out of context this statement is! The experienced Slackware user rarely uses slackware.com. I would say LQ forums are pretty much the public face of Slackware. And the ftp mirrors are working fine so please get over it.
We're not dead, but an old server is. (Score:5, Informative)
by volkerdi (9854) on Friday April 27, @09:16PM (#39828905)
Good hello folks! It's wonderful to see we've made it onto Slashdot in-between releases again!
However, our website hardware is nearly toast, and is also co-located a long way away from where I live. It is an ancient VIA based system with a Celeron and 512MB of RAM. It also sports a Maxtor hard drive connected to a Promise Technology PCI IDE card, and LILO boots from a 3.5" floppy drive. Frankly, this wasn't really great hardware even when it was brand new, but it ran our site and mailing lists with excellent uptimes for over a decade in spite of that. It looks like the trouble could be a flaking Tulip based Ethernet card (getting DUP and dropped packets, and RX/TX errors). It was doing OK again after a reboot, but I'm having some trouble reaching it again for some reason.
We're looking for a new place to put the main site. Perhaps it could move to our other server, connie.slackware.com (in which case we need a PHP guru to port it to the latest version). There are other Slackware related servers that might be able to host us as well. To be honest, connie is also getting a little long in the tooth (that's a Pentium III with 256MB of RAM).
RIP bob.slackware.com, and long live Slackware!
Last edited by red_fire; 04-28-2012 at 08:38 AM.
Reason: included the source
Whoa! That is OLD hardware. I have one of those Promise cards and some similar stuff in a box out in the garage. A "new" network card for that outfit should be worth just about a Nickel... maybe a Buck at a local swap meet.