I'm happy to announce that KDE Dot News is now fully hosted and supported by the OSU Open Source Lab. OSUOSL have graciously provided us with both server and network hosting, although of course, OSUOSL has long been hosting us on their network while we had been sharing the Ark Linux webserver. As we outgrew the Ark Linux server and ran into resource limitations however, OSUOSL also graciously offered us new server hosting. The dot is now significantly more responsive and we should definitely be seeing an improvement in uptime as well. A big thank you to OSUOSL and all the great guys on their support team -- it's been a true pleasure working with you.
Xen is completely transparent to the typical VM user and if I didn't know better I'd think we had a dedicated machine -- no doubt the OSUOSL staff are also to thank for making it all work so smoothly. Performance has been fantastic although it will be interesting to see how things progress as the machine gains more users.
I've never used Gentoo before but I am finding it to be a well thought out distribution. Everything just works and it has some nice touches out-of-the-box such a colorised bash shell (unfortunately I'm a tcsh guy and experiencing colour in bash made me quite reluctant to go back to my black and white world). We were initially provided with a fairly barebones Gentoo system but it has been extremely easy to pull in and configure any extra software we needed -- a simple emerge usually does the trick. emerge even comes with an rpm-compatible command line interface in the form of epm. However, the fact that emerge compiles everything from source is starting to get a little old -- nothing like waiting for XEmacs to compile on your production box. It'll be worth investigating emerge binary packages, if those exist.