Before or during the holidays I noticed that projects.openmoko.org were down.
As no one seemed to take action I decided to attempt to locate the person(s) that had the power to do anything about the problem…
Long story short, I eventually received the following e-mail:
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Harald Welte <email@example.com> Date: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM Subject: Re: openmoko.org services / projects is now down.. To: "Risto H. Kurppa" <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:41:47PM +0200, Risto H. Kurppa wrote: > Hi Harald! > > There has now been some reports about projects.openmoko.org being down.. > > I this permanent? If yes, it'd be good to create a forward to take the > users to a wiki page telling what's happened and why. If it isn't > permanent, some kind of announce would be useful. As far as I know, > there is code that the developers / users would definitely want to > backup before removing the whole projects.openmoko.org. The change is going to be permanent, as the current installation is unmaintained for about a year and poses severe security risks. Anyone who's interested in backups should contact gismo and/or roh, they will then provide snapshots of the requested information (e.g. cvs/svn/git repository) If somebody steps forwared to take the existing information and put all of the repositories + downloads online somewhere (read-only) for historic reference, I'd be more than happy to provide the respective account/data. Regards, Harald
Which is also available at: http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2010-December/064043.html
Maybe not entirely dead yet.
I am not subscribed to that particular mailing list, but I noticed that Alfa21 might have stepped forward to host and maintain it…
Running my own
It also made me reconsider running my own private FusionForge
(I am quite happy with SourceForge except for the fact that it is hosted in the USA, which has silly software export laws)
Also an idea struck me.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there existed a sort of BitTorrent for hosted projects?
Something that enabled anyone to set up a “project”.
The bug tracker, Source control, everything should then automatically be “cloned” to the network of hosts.
This would allow the network to help load balance the setup.
But most importantly if the original host dropped the interest in the hosting/project the network could ensure the continued availability of the software.
Well one is allowed to dream…