Dear Colleagues and Linuxaudio.org
It's been a long time since we used these lists to communicate and
coordinate the Linuxaudio.org
consortium. This was in part because the
community has experienced a steady growth both in terms of resources and
their support through Virginia Tech. Since the server was migrated to
Virginia Tech almost 12 years ago, the server traffic and its services
increased by several orders of magnitude. In 2006 we had only a couple
of vhosts with thousands of monthly hits and minimal bandwidth. In
contrast, by January 2018 those numbers grew to over 10TB of monthly
traffic with over 7 million hits spread across 40 vhosts.
As you may be by now aware, the server was severely compromised at the
end of January which warranted complete reconstruction. It appears one
of the community members' SHA keys were stolen and used to access the
terminal upon which the hacker exploited a bug in kernel to gain root
access. The good news all the data was safely backed up and recovered.
This hack was made possible in good part due to understaffed nature of
server admins. As a result a decision was made to migrate server, thanks
in good part to the hard work of Jeremy Jongepier, to the cyso.net
servers in Europe where it is anticipated to have a more regular support.
After almost 2 weeks of downtime, the end result are better hosting and
more bandwidth for the community. This, however, also marks an important
milestone in this essential community resource. Namely, I believe it is
time to once again mobilize the management group and to establish an
advisory board or a steering committee that will help steer the
consortium and jointly explore ways to provide better and more
consistent support, ensure we offer up-to-date information, to grow the
resources, their visibility, and footprint, as well as consider
establishing a foundation that may help facilitate and support critical
programs, including the LAC conference.
With this in mind, I invite those who are still active in the community
and are receiving this email to voice their thoughts on this matter for
the purpose of identifying optimal next steps. Thank you.
Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A.
Creative Technologies in Music
Director -- DISIS, L2Ork, CTM
ICAT Senior Fellow
School of Performing Arts – 0141
Blacksburg, VA 24061