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Well, that took longer than I hoped, but mastodon.acc.umu.se is done now. I think it is a bit too late to start with mastodon.acc.sunet.se now, so maybe tomorrow?

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Running the UmU one now, getting a fresh backup after shutting down the services isn't instant.

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OK, time for a second attempt at major intervention with the matsodon.acc.sunet.se instance, starting in 1-2 hours from now, and downtime hopefully not lasting more than 1-2 hours either.

Never mind, some test work showed issues before I got to the production instances, so this will happen at a later point in time.

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I'm planning to do some major maintenance on the ACC mastodon instances this evening.

If all goes well, not more than an hour or so of downtime, but it could be longer. No data should be lost though.

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Software licensing 

I had a major revelation, license is not viral and does not infect any code which uses / links against it.

To ensure the user has the legal right to link them, it needs to have a license that is GPL compatible, which it does. The Free Software Foundation has a FAQ that discusses this issue in lots of detail. Here are some of the most relevant parts.

gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#
gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#
gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#

This sounds like a myth / propaganda in hindsight

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Huh, TIL: scp on Unix systems is considered fairly broken&unfixable by the openssh maintainers; probably better to alias it to rsync.

lwn.net/SubscriberLink/835962/

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Everyone was so happy to unload on DigitalOcean for #hacktoberfest spam, but nobody seems to be saying anything about them having fixed it. Here's me correcting the Fediverse's mistake with a link: hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com

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For most of this year, @zwol and I have been working on a pretty ambitious project:
* to make a fresh release of GNU Autoconf, a crucial #FLOSS build tool that hadn't had a new release since 2012
* to get paid for that
* to help put Autoconf on a more sustainable footing so it doesn't have to get rescued again a little while down the road

Autoconf 2.70 is due out next month, and you can read my fresh LWN story about the rejuvenation & what's next:

lwn.net/SubscriberLink/834682/

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@stardot @Blort The alternative is to build our technology so that "where your content is hosted" matters less. The instance shouldn't be where the community is, or too critical to your character's identity.

Whether its Google or witches.town, if either leaves, the content you care about should be able to survive, and the user accounts too. You can see a bit of this here: gitlab.com/spritely/golem/blob

octodon.social/@cwebber/104770 says some of the rest (there's more, but hard to fit here)

Still lots of the good bread in the store, so now the freezer at home is well stocked.

Unfortunately not likely to last until the Polarbröd factory has been rebuilt though.

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Free Software rant 

@bob if anything, the rise of cloud computing proved that anything less than AGPL will risk your software supporting closed source products and predatory companies.

Hey, sorry for the breakage, now things seem up and running again.

I am looking for a good time slot to do a reinstall and redeploy on a different platform that will hopefully make it less fragile, but it'll be a few weeks away due to other constraints.

I hope the service stays up until then!

ACC's computer room move continues, now with storage shelves in the computer room part.

Still waiting on final construction bits and cleaning before we get to move into the workshop room and the terminal room. Busy fall ahead of us!

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