08.12.22

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Techrights Site Migration to Alpine Linux Has Already Started

Posted in Site News at 8:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: We’ve begun upgrading our systems and tidying up the growing piles of material

Less than a week ago we began moving bits of Techrights (such as Links, IPFS, maybe Git is next) from CentOS to Alpine Linux. The process will take months as it will be gradual. But it’s already well underway. There’s a lot of custom-made software and over quarter million files to migrate.

Making Techrights secure is important and securing the site’s future is also very important. As we’ve said before, the goal is to last on the Web another 10 years and expand to other protocols (such as Gemini and IPFS) where it’s suitable — to the extent feasible. We’re also developing a number of things to make the underlying information more widely accessible, and not just over the Web (which seems to be languishing as whole, just like social control media).

The choice of Alpine Linux was easy. Our sysadmin is a developer there and she has good knowledge of Alpine Linux. It’s not just about rejecting systemd but about embracing simplicity.

Rianne in XmasLater this year I might be able to devote 100% of my time to Techrights (for the first time ever!). Earlier today I finalised a framework that ensures sustainability — i.e. financial aspects of this. My wife (right) too helps that happen.

A few days from now Rianne turns 44 and a month from now, on the 18th, our marriage turns 10 (the photo below is from 2013).

Judging by the direction the site has taken (it’s no longer just a Web site), I reckon it can go on for another 20 years. It’s hard to imagine something that can prevent this.

Yesterday I received a nasty (and frivolous) letter from a lawyer, but it’s so weak and baseless that it’s safe to ignore. Maybe I’ll publish a full copy at a later date. Some people want this site to no longer exist, but their wishes aren’t compatible with what’s actually legal.

roy-and-rianne

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