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05.11.20

Turning 13.5 Years and Soon 30 Years Combined (With Tux Machines)

Posted in Site News at 8:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: With about 30,000 pages in the site we’re turning 13.5 this week (or last week, depending on what date counts as our ‘epoch’)

THIS WEEK is a little special. Not sentimental; maybe just a little noteworthy.

On the 7th of November 2006 this site was registered and 6 days later the opening sentence of the site said that “[t]he way to communicate with a corporation is economically.”

Up until 2010 we led a campaign of boycott against Novell (we were also named accordingly) because, as the opening post stated: “It is unacceptable behavior on Novell’s part to legitimize and participate in Microsoft’s FUD campaign, and to violate the very license that allows them to distribute the community’s work in the first place.”

“Google’s estimate of number of indexed pages is at 29,700 right now.”Currently, the number of published posts is 27,211, putting aside site pages, wiki pages, Drupal side (tailored for new visitors) and various objects like videos. Google’s estimate of number of indexed pages is at 29,700 right now. If one adds things like PDFs, text files, index pages and so on that sort of makes sense. We’re thoroughly indexed going all the way back to the site’s genesis. Not all pages are equal. IRC logs, for example, aren’t the same as a long articles and Daily Links aren’t original material but merely news clippings, sometimes with editorial comments attached to them. Last week we finally reached the point where our WordPress database (text only) exceeded 1 gigabyte as compressed file. We make nightly backups (the site is hardly accessible when that happens).

“Last week we finally reached the point where our WordPress database (text only) exceeded 1 gigabyte as compressed file.”Depending on what one considers the birthday (whether the registration or the first post), right now we’re somewhere in between the special day. Our sister site Tux Machines (GNU/Linux news) turns 16 next month, so a few months from now we’ll have a combined lifetime of 30 years, not thirteen.

At the moment we’re seeing a big growth in traffic (180GB in the past half-week and it’s quite normal), we’re getting more help/participation, our backup system now spans 3 countries/continents, and we’re preparing/coaching an intern, who will hopefully be able to participate very soon. As an aside, we have some regulars in our IRC channel who are SUSE developers. Novell as a company perished a whole decade ago (time flies) and we can partly leave behind this baggage of SUSE (it was S.u.S.E. before Novell took over it and disgraced the brand, sadly associating it with Microsoft).

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