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CygUtils site moved (again)
- From: Charles Wilson <cygwin at cwilson dot fastmail dot fm>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 21:27:52 -0500
- Subject: CygUtils site moved (again)
Tales of a Wandering Website...
CygUtils has been moved to http://cygutils.fruitbat.org/ thanks to the
generosity of Peter Castro. I've also moved cygutils-package and
auto-wrapper "homepages" to Peter's server, and set up redirects at the
CygUtils was originally established at http://cygutils.netpedia.net/
where it hosted a large set of non-core GNU utilities for Cygwin B20.1,
inspired by Andy Piper's earlier collection for Cygwin B19. During this
period, CygUtils also hosted one of the ealiest ports of perl to the
Mysteriously, netpedia.net went flatline with no warning during the
holidays in 2000/2001. So, the site was resurrected at
as detailed in this announcement.
This was hosted on a machine I actually controlled for the neuro
department at GT, so life was good. For a while.
During this period, the new "setup.exe"-based installation began to
form, and many of the packages previously hosted on CygUtils actually
became official packages in the cygwin distribution, and were thus
"hosted" by the cygwin mirror system and removed from CygUtils. As this
happened, CygUtils -- once a cygwin "household name" (cited in the
AutoBook among others) -- gradually faded in importance. Today, it
serves mainly as a historical repository, a place for me to test new
versions of my official packages, and host to a few tools that are not
worth the effort to turn into official packages.
Plus the ADOPT-ME area (http://cygutils.fruitbat.org/testing/ADOPT-ME/ )
where I've created some "official"-like packages that I'd LOVE for
someone else adopt, and assume maintainership of and push into the
official set...like kerboros, GNU plotutils, pstoepsi, netpbm, ...)
Anyway, returning to our wandering website, about two years later an
administrative decision was made to eliminate the neuro server, and
migrate its data to one of the "official" department webservers.
Unfortunately, I didn't control the official servers, and suddenly was
subject to various policies and bureaucratese that previously didn't apply.
Things like "all mp3 files are obviously pirated (even if you recorded
them yourself at your band's practice with a microphone) and must be
removed." and Bill-Gatesian dicta like "nobody will ever need more than
10MB of web space".
Things went from bad to worse, until finally I was absolutely unable to
keep the CygUtils site running under those restrictions -- and Peter
made the generous offer to host the site at its new home.
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