We run into the best of luck at KDE Dot News. This time the air-conditioner in our server room died, resulting in a temperature of 52 degrees Celcius and a core meltdown. Since we had also been suffering from limited bandwidth for a while now -- since the week of the KDE3 release when we managed to kill our host's pipe -- we decided to take this opportunity to move to a new hosting solution. Happily, we were awash with wonderful offers for help and support of all kinds from the community. It was an extremely tough call but we finally settled for a generous offer from CEO Guillaume Esnault, Robert Royer and Pierre-Emmanuel Muller (also involved with the KDE French translation team) of Cyberbrain for professional ISP hosting in a securised datacenter, including a dedicated Compaq ML 330 Proliant (as not seen in Star Trek) directly connected to two 9Gb black fibers (open bandwidth use), full support, backups, and 24/24 monitoring. A word of warning though: Expect some minor downtime as we further upgrade the hardware over the coming days. On the bright side, once we are settled, we will be able to support other KDE sites and services on this baby. Read on to see why we should be proud of this community. Update: 06/21 14:31:22 CEST by N: The upgrade has been successfully completed. Say 'bonjour' to all of 640 MB of RAM and a new 36 GB SCSI harddrive! Thank you, Cyberbrain team.
First of all, a huge thanks goes out Bernhard Rosenkraenzer and RedHat.de who provided, and still provide, us with such great service and support for over a year, and thanks to Andreas Pour of KDE.com for providing, and still providing, resources for offsite backups.
Also, in no particular order, we would also like to thank:
Laurent Rathle of Kde France, Frank Dekervel of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Chris Herrnberger, Jarl E. Gjessing of yaEDA and Copenhagen Business School (special thanks for putting together a wonderful offer for a dedicated server with awesome bandwidth, and being a pleasure to work with), David McGlone of Edification Web Solutions, Ulrich Wagner for offering free server parts, Jason Spisak of Lycoris Desktop/LX (now with extra Vitamin C!) for a generous offer of two machines and Zope expertise, Nick Mailer of The Positive Internet Company Ltd (with a truly mouth-watering offer of a Debian GNU/Linux RAID system with a gigabyte of RAM, nightly backups, about 100 gigabytes of storage and up to 100 gigabytes of data transfer per month), Fredrik Danerklint, and of course our KDE friends Bernhard Rosenkraenzer, Klaus Staerk, Karl-Heinz Zimmer, Dirk Mueller, Martin Konold, Andreas Pour for various help and alternate efforts.
This is not an exhaustive list, but it certainly feels good to know we have so many friends ready to step up and help at the drop of a pin!