Enterprise Linux Log

Aug 15 2007   7:56AM GMT

Where’d LinuxToday go?!

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Apparently, the Perfect Server Storm hit popular third party news site LinuxToday.com yesterday and everything went dark. Countless legions of Linux reading geeks and nerds (LinuxWorld Golden Penguin Bowl, anyone?) went entire minutes, if not hours without Linux news and views. It was awful.

Thanks to a crashing server, a database that went awry, and a certain editor’s home/office Internet connection going belly up–all at the same time, yesterday afternoon Linux Today, JustLinux, and LinuxPR all went into the mode technologists sometimes refer to as “bye-bye.”

It was, actually, almost the perfect storm of things that could go wrong all at once. I would like to thank the system administrators who logged in after hours to restart the site at around 2215 EDT (0215 GMT) last night. (Some readers noted the sudden appearance of 13 new stories at that time.)

All three situations seem repaired now, so I would also like to thank everyone for all of their patience and continued readership.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with LinuxToday Managing Editor Brian Proffitt for the better part of the past three years now at various shows, so my sympathies are with him on this dark, dark day. :-) Good job to his systems administrators for getting LT back up and running so quickly.

On that note, perhaps Brian would like to read my upcoming post-LinuxWorld story on disaster recovery? Hmm? :-)

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