Weekend Update: Sysadmin Meetup and CentOS

First, well….Friday was the Sysadmin meetup, and I’ve got to say, I think it was a tremendous success. Around a dozen people, all told, braved the rain, the barely working trains, and an incredibly crowded bar to come and drink with their fellow sysadmins. I really think a good time was had by all, and I got to meet a bunch of very cool people.

I want to thank every one of you who came to hang out. It was excellent putting faces to names, and maybe there will be other events in the NYC area that can bring us together again. In any event, plan on attending next year if you couldn’t make it this time, because we’re going to do it again!

You’ve probably heard by now, but the recent problems that CentOS had have been resolved. It’s been suggested by some people that the public disclosure of the issues was only done to “shame” Lance into acting responsibly. I think that’s probably a lot of it.

Going forward, I’ve got two opinions that I haven’t decided between. On one hand, as I mentioned before, the really disturbing part was that the project was apparently being run in an unhealthy way, and it took something as extreme as this to bring it to light.

On the other hand, recovering from this may make it much less likely that CentOS will allow themselves into a position where this can happen again.

I suppose the future will tell, but I really hope it’s not business as usual over there.

Also, there will be a time on Monday where the site will be down for around 3 hours. I’m migrating to a higher-end VPS than I have at the moment. The memory performance on the blog has been much better ever since I moved the fastcgi instead of normal PHP, but I want some more for some future projects in the pipeline, so I’m going to buy some insurance.

I’m going to take many (many (many) ) people’s suggestions and implement an nginx server, though I haven’t decided if it’s going to take the place of apache or augment it as a front-end cache. Giving up apache is like saying goodbye to an old friend who’s been around for a while. It’s stupid to be attached to software like that, but I’m only human. You should have seen it when I gave up Slackware after 12 years…

  • Tony ‘dialt0ne’ Tonns

    The meetup was great. Thanks for organizing it.

    re: a new webserver – I chose lighttpd for my VPS because of the low-memory overhead and because the documentation was better than nginx. Many major organizations use it and I’ve had no problems with it. Then again, I’m not doing anything fancy with it.

  • Nginx is great. You might also want to look at varnish if your wanting to do some frontend caching.