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netlabs.org has a new web server!

January 30, 2007 by Adrian Gschwend

Dear community,

Today we physically replaced the old netlabs.org web server by the new, much more powerful one! While there was much work done already, not everything is finished yet. Please give me some time now to finish the migration, I will try my very best to make sure all the information are back online as soon as possible and hopefully even more soon.

Again, I would like to say a big "thank you!" to everyone that contributed to the new server!

Changes:

- new site layout! You just get an impression right now, much more to come :-) I *know* it is broken for now so don't report that ;) It is just *very* basic right now.
- most links have a different structure now. While the sub domains like warpin.netlabs.org still work I have to add some redirects for links & downloads etc.
- new XML/XSLT based CMS (thanks a lot to Arne Blankerts for his fCMS!, see www.fcms.de for more information, it rocks!). It's blazing fast :)
- the FTP server is case sensitive now
- all FTP users are gone, I will migrate them as soon as possible. Anonymous user works for sure
- Subversion & TRAC is running on the new server now, it is much faster :-)
- CVS moved away already some days ago, now at cvs.netlabs.org. Snapshots of the old projects are available at ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/snapshots
- IRC points to irc.aroa.ch for now, will change (see below)

To be moved within the next few days:
- wiki.netlabs.org
- www.edm2.com

You will notice when this is done because the pages will react much faster ;)


Server:

After years of running the web server on OS/2 I decided to move to FreeBSD as a server OS for various reasons which I would like to explain because some people do not seem to understand that:

- My daytime job is administrating servers, most servers I run are FreeBSD so I know this OS pretty well
- netlabs.org provides mainly software for the desktop. I prefer to invest time in organizing netlabs.org itself than debugging issues on the server just because most of the software I run on the server are made for Unix (TRAC, Subversion, Apache...) and might not work on OS/2 that easy
- I do much more on this server than just providing basic services like a little bit of PHP & MySQL. We use quite a bunch of software on this server, see http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/R2-d2 if you are interested in the details
- FreeBSD works just fine on this dualcore AMD CPU and because the server is in Hamburg (Germany) and I live in Biel (Switzerland) I didn't feel like experimenting on new hardware
- we simply have much more important things to discuss than the OS of netlabs.org. Talk about Voyager for example! :-)

Unfortunately the admin of the eCS Network refuses to accept any servers in the IRC network which are not running OS/2 so I am not allowed to connect to that network anymore. While I find that very narrow-minded I have to accept that and move the IRC network. In the next days I will most probably join another existing network and #netlabs will move to that network as well. I will announce that for sure. For now irc.netlabs.org points to irc.aroa.ch. I would have preferred to stay on eCS Network because that's where we belong...

So far, I'm sure I forgot some things but I will inform again in a few days or so.

Thanks again to Arne for his friendly support with fCMS, the new hardware (thanks for the reinstall ;) and finally changing the server itself :-) I will also bug him the next weeks till the web pages look the way I want it. Also thanks to n@work which still provides a very fast Internet connection!
With the new server you should be able to notice it :-)

cu

Adrian

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