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Kernel.org Moves to Oregon 114

Bryce writes "Looks like the main kernel.org machine has moved to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. "Last night, Peter Anvin took master.kernel.org (hera) down and handed it off to his friend, Javier. This morning, Javier flew it up here to Corvallis in his Cessna Skylane. This is the first time the OSL has had a server hand-delivered by plane, and so we were giddy as schoolgirls." Kees Cook, the senior IT guy at OSDL helped them get it installed and configured."
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Kernel.org Moves to Oregon

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:24AM (#13589590)
    Penguins CAN fly afterall
  • Well I have to say I'd be happy as a schoolgirl if someone brought me a server, too. Why was it moved?
  • Crash (Score:5, Funny)

    by Krast0r ( 843081 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:24AM (#13589594) Homepage Journal
    Lucky it was the linux kernel, had it been Windows the fate of the plane may well have been sealed.
    • Re:Crash (Score:2, Insightful)


      Seems like there's been an awful lot of servers flying around in planes lately. First Sun over Dell and now the Holy Kernal is fleeing California. Could there be more to this than meets the eye? What if these servers have their own agenda? Were the "giddy" geeks the victims of mechanistic mind meddling? Could the servers be dispersing as a "pretakeover" precaution? Could they be preparing for the Great Crash? Could the Holy Kernal have been installed ON TOP of the Mozilla boxes for a reason? Was the Sun ser
    • Would have been good if it had turned up on 'Lost' though.
    • It it WERE Windows, that poor Cessna would have been overloaded.

      Woe to the poor bastard that breaks the landing gear struts on a vintage Skylane.

      "oops we're overloaded! *watches as the plane starts squatting down at the haunches"

      "not to worry we'll get upgrades" *breaks out a set of floats*

      *watches as the Cessna does a good imitation of Titanic sinking into the water tailfirst*
  • Slow news day? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Big deal, a computer moved.
  • Wow. (Score:1, Insightful)

    by C-Diddy ( 755183 )
    Stunning news. Somebody moved. Stop the world, I want to get off.
  • by bigtallmofo ( 695287 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:31AM (#13589627)
    Wouldn't you just love to see the news stories that CmdrTaco reject this morning in favor of this one?

  • by Psionicist ( 561330 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:31AM (#13589631)
    Gates: You know Ballmer, I think I'll donate a million dollars to the local orphange . . . When a pengiun fly.
    *Both laugh as an airborne pengiun suddenly "flies" by*
    Ballmer: Will you be donating that million dollars now sir?
  • by Vorondil28 ( 864578 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:32AM (#13589632) Journal
    ...did anyone die of dysentery? Or maybe typhoid fever? For me it was always dysentery though.
  • Unimpressive (Score:4, Informative)

    by suwain_2 ( 260792 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:36AM (#13589643) Journal
    Was this all of kernel.org that was moved over? I noticed no interruption in service.

    However, kernel.org mentions that, as of April, it was being served from "quad Opteron servers, each with 24 GB of RAM and 10 TB of disk." Bandwidth shows that they're routinely pushing almost 300Mbps of traffic.

    The photos [osuosl.org] show a single, unimpressive 2U machine. Can someone clarify exactly what was moved over, and why?
    • Re:Unimpressive (Score:5, Informative)

      by kveton ( 158252 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @11:11AM (#13589797) Homepage
      Head-lines crack me up ... it _sounds_ like the whole of kernel.org moved over to the OSL.

      Yes, this is the machine that acts as the "master" in terms of it replicates out to zeus1 and zeus2. The reason it was moved was that hera was hosted behind a T1 and the OSL offered to provide backup services. Its just a 2U box and its not the entire kernel.org ... however, its a pretty important piece.
  • Of course! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Black Parrot ( 19622 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:36AM (#13589645)


    Aren't all .org sites were supposed to be in Oregon?

  • by bunnyman ( 121652 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:45AM (#13589685)
    Linus has dysentery.

  • Heh (Score:4, Funny)

    by OverlordQ ( 264228 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:48AM (#13589698) Journal
    I love the caption to this pic [osuosl.org], yea . . safe and snug if you drive 10 mph the whole way and take no corners.
    • Re:Heh (Score:2, Informative)

      by kveton ( 158252 )
      I drove slow and steady the whole way to the co-location facility. The machine didn't even budge (there is enough disk in there that its so heavy it can't move).
      • The question is, how come you don't show traffic numbers for the sites you host? Those of us in the know use Nero's Site [nero.net] But it doesn't brake it down by project. You guys have an absolutely giggly amount of traffic!
        • We're actually working on this right now with an instance of Cacti. We're in the midst of moving into a new data center and were going to wait to update our bandwidth information until after we're on the new switches, etc.
    • I think that was the joke. :-)
    • Ah, but had you been Kibo, you would have focused your captions not on the server's condition, but upon the overworked, underpayed, and oft neglected traffic cones.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 18, 2005 @10:54AM (#13589727)
    I used to laugh at Microsoft's amateur network topology. They always made the mistake of clustering everything in to one place, where single points of failure would take out 3/4th of their net.

    So, we've got master.kernel.org along with what looks like an impressive part of mozilla.org... what else is going in there?
  • Interesting....

    I work at an Internet2 connected organization.

    www.kernel.org still get's routed over our regular commercial internet backbone. I expected it to go through I2.

    But when I tracerouted master.kernel.org it went over I2.

    How many interfaces with different IP addresses does this thing have?
    • Re:strange route? (Score:5, Informative)

      by kveton ( 158252 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @11:23AM (#13589846) Homepage
      www.kernel.org != master.kernel.org

      www.kernel.org is comprised of two insanely beefy boxes (see www.kernel.org for the specs). master.k.o is just a 2U 3Ware box where things are built and shoved at the front-end "beefy boxes".

      master.k.o should be connected via I2 and www.kernel.org should not (as far as I know they don't have a path to Internet2 out of the ISC facilities).
  • Slow Day? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by ilyanep ( 823855 )
    Not to troll or anything, but it seems to me that there ought to be something more interesting than the kernel.org server moving.
  • by Kirkoff ( 143587 ) on Sunday September 18, 2005 @11:24AM (#13589849)
    I think the light went on in their mind!

    Q: How many Californians does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: Six. One to turn the bulb, one for support, and four to relate to the experience.

    Q: How many Oregonians does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    A: Five. One to change the bulb and four more to chase off the Californians who have come up to relate to the experience.

    -

    So what it's lame? At least it's on topic -- sort of. Shut up.
  • I get a 20 ms ping now!
  • Wow, only 10 blocks away. I'll have to pay a visit to the OSL sometime as there is no excuse ;-)

  • Recently, a project I contribute to moved to OSL as well (Drupal.org [drupal.org]).

    While free bandwidth is always good, I find that more and more projects being concentrated in a single site is not good.

    I think they have Debian there too.

    Suppose this place got hit by a volcano or an earthquake, then what?

    Anyone knows what disaster recovery plan they have?

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