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WikiMatrix - Wiki Feature Comparison

Are you gonna setup a wiki anytime soon? Checkout the WikiMatrix site which allows you to compare various wiki software projects according to a huge amount of criteria.

My favorite has always been MediaWiki (probably because I occasionally write for the Wikipedia). I use that for both, the Unmaintained Free Software wiki, as well as the Crazy Hacks wiki (both need some more love and contributors, hint hint). I'll checkout some of the other wiki software projects soon, though...

(via ZDNet Blogs | Between the Lines)

Unmaintained Free Software in the InterWiki Map

I just noticed that my Unmaintained Free Software wiki is now listed in the Mediawiki software's InterWiki map!

This means you can easily link to any Unmaintained Free Software article/project from any MediaWiki-powered site (e.g. Wikipedia). For example, [[UFS:Gtkgo]] will create a link to the Gtkgo project page.

Pretty cool, methinks.

Unmaintained Free Software Is Back!

Finally! My Unmaintained Free Software wiki is back online...

After several weeks of downtime, I was finally able to recover, reinstall, apply backups etc. I won't bother going through all the gory details, I already blogged a bit about the complete, utter mess that kept the site down. Believe me, you don't want to know.

The good news is that the site is back, no data has been lost, all user accounts are still there and should work.

Now, go and adopt one of those orphaned projects!

My VServer Still Down

More than two weeks ago I blogged about my server being down. After multiple emails, phone calls, and even a fax trying to reach the support team, the server is still dead. But at least I know (a little bit) more now.

The Good
I managed to get someone from support on the phone and he fixed the system at least so far that I could ssh to it again. I was able to pull a complete backup of the system, including a database dump.
That means that Unmaintained Free Software and all other sites hosted on the server will eventually return, no data will be lost.

The Bad
After I created the backup, I wanted to reinstall the whole system and then install the backup to restore all services. As it turned out, the (automatic) reboot- and reinstall-script they use is obviously broken, I cannot reach the server anymore after I initated the reinstall. This is probably something more serious, as other people seem to be affected, too.

The Ugly
I have not the slightest idea what the hell happened on the server. There was something really, really strange going on. An example:

# ls -l /usr/bin/traceroute
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 310872 Jun 21 03:21 traceroute

Why the hell is traceroute not executable and belongs to user/group mysql? There are several other anomalies there: /usr/share/doc/apt is not a directory as it is supposed to be, but a Perl script. /usr/bin/id is a directory. Multiple system tools (awk, sed, ...) are not executable and partly directories with strange stuff in them. What gives?

One possible explanation is that the server was hacked and some rootkit wrecked havoc on the server. After a quick glance at the logs, I couldn't find any hints for a successful breakin, though. Another possibility is that the hard drive simply died and/or the filesystem was (heavily) corrupted. I don't know...

Has anybody ever seen something like this? Please enlighten me what could have happened...

Unmaintained Free Software Down

My Unmaintained Free Software wiki is down since yesterday. I don't know what happened, but I cannot ssh into the VServer where I host the site anymore. The server also hosts Holsham Traders, which is down, too (the SourceForge project page still works, fortunately).

Also, I'm currently not reachable through uwe@unmaintained-free-software.org or uwe@holsham-traders.de as my Postfix server is not reachable either. Please use uwe@hermann-uwe.de for emails.

Of course I stupidly neglected regular backups long enough, so that this could turn out to be a major problem...

I asked the hoster of the VServer what the problem is and what I can do to get my sites running again. The answer: "Reinstall the server". Upon reading that, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, or simply terminate my contract with them immediately.
I mean - come on - that's a fucking Debian box running there, not some not so stable operating system, which needs regular reinstalls.

I basically told them so in another email and asked them to at least send me tarballs of /var/www and other relevant directories plus a dump of the MySQL database. No answer so far.

I'm really curious how this will all end — if one of their disks crashed or their servers burnt down or something, I'm screwed.

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