There was a pretty major outage on the internet today. The hosting company that was, hmm, at fault isn’t the right word, on the receiving end, was ByteMark, York based Internet Services provider.
The outage lasted a few hours, which in internet time is quite a long time, so I can only guess to what extents the problems were.
Congrat’s for Bytemark getting it back together on the same day, if only other companies could do the same in a situation like that.
The Ubuntu forum now has an announcement on its front page:
The Ubuntu Forums have grown tremendously over the years. While we regret that we are discontinuing our Other OS Talk category, this gives us an opportunity to help other Linux distributions grow by directing traffic to the websites of these distributions.
Here is a list of the official websites for the operating systems that used to have individual forums here. We hope you are able to find further assistance from there.
* Fedora/Red Hat
And finally, if you haven’t yet found what you are looking for, we suggest you look for information on the DistroWatch website or you might try the multi-distribution LinuxQuestions forum.
This makes sense, but some people may feel a little lost now as the Ubuntu Forums have often been heralded as a great source for support. Will this move more people over to Ubuntu?
I’ve been mulling over the idea of re-opening a forum, possibly not using phpBB which is what I’ve used before, unless they have gotten a grip of their spamming issues.
What do you think? I seem to get quite a few support requests as opposed to plain comments, so I could better assist and so could others in a forum.