Tidying up

Looks like we’re out of the woods once again.

After waiting awhile to see if we’re really out of the woods after a second Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, it looks like we’re free and clear, while provisions are being made to avoid this from happening again.

It’s inconceivable — I keep using that word, and I think it means what I think it means — that someone would take the time to hamper our efforts and tie up the distro like they did, but it happened.  And they, or someone else, may try it again — it’s an unfortunate downside to the Internet that there are misguided individuals out there who can’t help but be destructive. The best thing we can do is to take the measures necessary to deflect any further attacks.

Nevertheless, now you can go back to your usual CrunchBanging, whether it’s downloading the distro, updating or running the cb-welcome script.

It’s good to be back. Again.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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Back into the woods

Remember when I said we were out of the woods yesterday? Well, not quite.

Apparently, once again either CrunchBang is the target, or it’s caught in the proverbial crossfire, of another DDoS attack today. This, of course, means torrents, downloads and updates will be affected today while the servers are down and this gets resolved.

Apologies again for the incovenience, and we will be updating you as we find out more information.

More on the CrunchBang forums here.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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All clear

Looks like we’re out of the woods.

CrunchBang lead developer Philip Newborough (corenominal) posted this message several minutes ago on the CrunchBang Forums:

“Happy to report that the repo server is back online. Here is the update from the team at Linode:

“> The null route on your Linode’s IP address has been removed at this time and we have set this ticket to automatically close in 48 hours while we monitor for any additional issues.

“Once again, apologies for the inconvenience and thank you all for your patience, understanding and kind words of support.”

So now you can go back to your usual CrunchBanging, whether it’s downloading the distro, updating or running the cb-welcome script.

It’s good to be back and I’d like to echo corenominal’s apology for the incovenience.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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Seriously?

You would think people would have better, more postive things to do than this. Yet some malcontent, or possibly more than one, has set upon the CrunchBang servers at Linode a Denial of Service attack.

Seriously? And you gain what, exactly, by denying a small community access to its data and repositories?

There is the possibility that CrunchBang is not the target of the attack, yet the fact remains that we are affected by it, regardless of at whom or what the DoS is aimed.

Philip Newborough (corenominal), the lead developer for CrunchBang, posted a message on the CrunchBang forums: “The #! repo server and torrent tracker are currently the targets of a DoS attack and are offline. The attack is being monitored and I hope to have normal service restored soon. Apologies for the inconvenience.”

I’ll post again on this blog when CrunchBang is back on the air, so to speak. I’m sure corenominal will do the same on the forums.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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Larry l’uomo CrunchBang in italiano

Last week, I was honored by the team at the new Italian FOSS blog Magliettabianca with an interview — a two-part interview, no less! — of my blogging personas, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry the Free Software Guy.

The first part of the two-part interview has to do with CrunchBang and why I use it. Part one was posted last week and hopefully the second part will be posted this week. There’s no secret why I use it — CrunchBang is a fantastic distro and it works for me — and it also talks about how I came to CrunchBang after liking it so much after I reviewed it.

OK, let’s say you can’t read Italian. No worries: Here’s the original interview in English which was translated into Italian by Edoardo Maria Elidoro (the questions are also Edoardo’s). Yes, I meant “wide range,” not “ride range,” and to Edoardo’s credit, he caught that mistake and fixed it in the Italian version.

I’d like to take a moment to say “grazie mille a tutti” to Edoardo and to the entire Magliettabianca team: Marco “Milozzy” Milone (who some of you may know from the CrunchBang forums), Alessio “Alfierenero” Perona, Davide Cipolla, Diego Pi, Elisa Peroni, Enrico “Magliettabianca” Bastelli, Fanfurlio Farolfi, Federico Di Pierro, Gaetano Di Bari, Mario Calabrese, Massimiliano Donini, and Stefano Bergamini.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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