[Slackbuilds-users] [slackware-ot] cardinal.lizella.net - help needed :/

Robby Workman rw at rlworkman.net
Fri May 13 03:49:28 UTC 2011

I only sent this to two lists: one that I manage, and one that
is "anything goes" - I don't want to step on toes by soliciting
donations in places that it's not welcome, so I'm not going to
be sending this anywhere else.  If, however, you are active in
some other Slackware-related list and are certain that it's okay
to forward there, feel free to do so.


On Thu, 12 May 2011 22:41:39 -0500
Robby Workman <rw at rlworkman.net> wrote:

> Well, we hoped it wouldn't come to this, but alas...
> Those of you who are familiar with cardinal, I'll cut to the chase:
> we have to replace the server and need help with money.
> For those of you who aren't familiar, or perhaps need some
> justification to consider helping, here you are:  :-)
> http://cardinal.lizella.net hosts slackbook.org, slackpkg.org,
> sbopkg.org, rlworkman.net, alienBOB's wiki and blog, an official
> mirror for Xfce, an official mirror for the netfilter/iptables
> tutorial, mailing lists for SlackBuilds.org, DNS and email for
> SlackBuilds.org, and probably a few other things that have escaped my
> feeble and frazzled mind right now.
> Cardinal is an old 1u server with dual P3 Coppermine procs and 3G of
> ram, and it's been a good one for us until recently.  We've had
> serious issues lately with overall stability (primarly rtc/timer
> issues - it was unable to maintain steady time), and now last night
> the machine just crashed with no warning.   We've suspected hardware
> troubles for a while, but we were determined to "prop it up" as long
> as possible. However, we've now reached the point where the downtime
> is too frequent (which inconveniences our users), but it also is an
> annoyance to our colocation provider, since we have to contact them
> every time the machine goes down.  Since they are providing our
> hosting and bandwidth for free, we'd prefer not to continue that
> either :-)
> Anyway, we've done some digging around, and Alan has spec'd out a new
> machine for around $1000, which might be a bit more once we add disks
> to it, but that's a rough estimate.  This particular machine comes
> with a three year hardware warranty, which we see as a big plus given
> that we have spent the past three or four years in a constant state
> of worry over that, so yes, we want to buy something new as opposed
> to getting a used machine.  That said, $1000 is not something that we
> can afford to throw out at the moment, so we are asking/hoping the
> community will be willing to chip in and help make this happen.
> For those who are willing to help, PayPal will be the easiest way for
> us to get money - you can send it to me directly using my
> @slackware.com address:  rworkman -at- slackware.com   or using my
> personal email: rw -at- rlworkman.net  -- they are both the same
> PayPal account, so it doesn't matter which one you choose.  If you do
> not have a PayPal account, or you do not like them or some such, let
> us know and we'll try to figure out some other option.
> Once we get a replacement server done, we'll create a "thanks" page on
> it somewhere to publicly recognize everyone who contributed, so if you
> wish for your name to be hidden or some such, make sure to specify
> that.
> Finally, any excess money collected will be given directly to Pat V.
> once we're done; we've never operated cardinal with the intention of
> making a profit from it, and we're not going to start now -- this is 
> our way of "giving something back" to the free software world that's 
> done so much for us, and I sincerely hope that you can view us in the
> same light :-)
> Thanks in advance,
> The Cardinal Crew
>   Alan Hicks
>   Eric Hameleers (alienBOB)
>   Rob Ogilvie (AthlonRob)
>   Fred Emmott
>   PiterPUNK
>   Rob McGee (/dev/rob0)
>   Robby Workman (rworkman)
>   Sally
>   slakmagik
>   stormtracknole
>   Tom Rhodes (tom)
>   Vincent Batts (vbatts)
>   David Somero (XGizzmo)
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