openSUSE admin: Bye, bye 11.4 and 12.1 (1 comment)
As you might note by reading https://en.opensuse.org/Lifetime openSUSE currently supports only 12.3 and 13.1. Yes, this means that:
* 12.1 and even
already reached their end of life state and are therefor not supported any more.
As Admins are born to be lazy, we still had some old (namely 11.4, 12.1 and 12.2) repositories and their files on http://download.opensuse.org/ - which might helped users with their old installations.
But as the openSUSE Build Service is gaining more and more popularity, the used space is getting more and more a problem. So today we removed the old ISOs and repositories of 11.4 and 12.1 now from download.opensuse.org - and like to point you to one of the nice mirror admins that still provide the outdated files.
The problem was fixed by
* starting our hot-standby database as new master
* replacing the half broken SSD with a new one
* re-syncing from the current master
...and while we are on it, we took the chance to let PostgreSQL do some cleanups via the "vacuum" and "reindex" commands: the database shrunk from ~30GB to ~10GB, but this took nearly 2 hours!
During the whole time, download.opensuse.org was still reachable - just a bit slow for 1 hour during the vacuuming (sorry for that). Now everything is back to normal, but we will try to figure out how the autovacuum can be tuned, so the database cleanup can be done automatically.
The server hosting http://planet.opensuse.org/global/ was sponsored by a couple of persons during the last years. Special thanks go to Pascal Bleser, Marcus Rueckert and Henne Vogelsang for this fantastic and unique service for our openSUSE Community!
But time has come and resources went into other directions, so we need to find a new place for this service, which is meanwhile aggregating feeds from over 100 users of the openSUSE Community. As the legal analysis showed, the service itself is not critical - and (thanks to all those who write those fabulous blog entries) neither the content is.
As result, planet.opensuse.org is now running on a dedicated virtual host inside the openSUSE Cloud. Special thanks again to Marcus Rueckert and Henne Vogelsang who did the migration and Ciaran Farell who did the legal analysis.
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