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I'll probably point the DNS at another free server on the 'net who will want to take the traffic for their own testing.
Once the work is completed, I'll bring biggulp back up on my gear.
This does not affect news.readfreenews.net (or allnews).
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UPDATE! The new server is online and taking 'customers' right now, but as not enough money came in, I took some old hardware, RAID controller, and built a gnarly frankenserver using 6x36GB SCSI disks and an old PIII server board. This server is now news.readfreenews.net.
A new server will cost from US$3000.00 to a high of ~US$4700.00.
I scalp a ton of old hardware and just make it work. This option was chosen for now though, unfortunately, there have been multiple disk failures over the last few months because of this old hardware. New drives have been ordered to replace the failed drives and the new'ish server should be back online soon.
The donation webpage is here!
There are 3 different parts to RFN, the details are below.
RFN is based on Diablo for use as the backend spoolers, frontend readers, and peering servers.
Click here to see a logical network diagram of the RFN network.
Retention: 160 days or so (new server online)
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Retention: 30 days or so (this server will never be upgraded)
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More when I can find time.
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