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Hi! My name is Martin Dluhos and I am very fortunate to have an opportunity to intern with the systems team at the FSF this summer.
The GNU list server is a monster machine serving lists.gnu.org, lists.nongnu.org and a few other domains. Every day, it spools out over 1 million messages for 2700 mailing lists. Until April 11, our venerable list server was an 8-year old Fedora Core 2 (!) box equipped with 6 high-speed SCSI drives organized in two RAID packs to maximize I/O bandwidth. These drives were incessantly cranking every day, as Mailman forwarded incoming posts to thousands of subscribers over a saturated T1 uplink at the FSF headquarters.
Over the weekend, Savannah was compromised. Here's a chronological account of the events:
Silicon Mechanics has announced they will ship their A236 with a free BIOS -- coreboot -- preinstalled.
An assessment of the problems encountered recently with the GNU mailing list server.