Some days ago I received a notification from Dreamhost (which is used to host a few things of Elive) claiming that I need to remove the full repositories of Elive because they where using a considerable size in their servers not being specifically for a website purpose
In other words:
The repositories of Elive was in danger!
This means that if we don’t have repositories, we cannot install software from the package manager.
Specifically, these repository directories takes a space of 150 GB, and I had no other place to put them, hosting this size is expensive and with the funding of Elive is simply not possible to maintain them in a dedicated hosting.
Even worse: These repositories contains (between other things), a copy of the Debian Wheezy branch and also the Debian Leeny one! both of them doesn’t exist anymore so if we lose them, we will lose these packages forever!
Linux’s releases after a time, are abandoned
Imagine that you want to use a specific version of a Linux distro, which after a time their repositories are not available anymore, they will recommend you to update your system, but the thing is that you are simply unable to use these versions anymore, so no matter if you have a very old computer that simply works good with the old setup, or you just want to maintain it working over the years, you will be simply unable to continue using it correctly, that’s one of the reasons of why Elive uses it’s own copy of the main repositories
- Actually there’s some people that stills interestedin use the very old, previous stable version of Elive (2.0 Topaz) because it simply works very good on a very-very old computer.
In fact, you can download and try yourself the old ‘Elive 2.0 Topaz’ and see that the repositories still working, this means, you can still install packages in a 10 years old distro!
Is not this something that is simply really good to have?
So what happened ?
How to make the repositories survival for all the users of Elive?
This is where Gary Fowless, one of the mirrors for the ISOs, showing his to Elive and all it’s users, offered a very good quality space where to transfer and host the repositories.
Actually, when you are using the package manager to install software, you are doing it from his server, so thanks to him, you can still use the package manager
Elive (and all its users) are very grateful with your important contribution to the project!
Thanks a lot Gary !!!