Monday, May 23, 2011

Why is down

Those Debian users (including myself) who use the Debian Mozilla Team APT archive at for newer versions of Iceweasel and Icedove (aka Firefox and Thunderbird) may have noticed that the archive has been down for at least three (if not more) days.

While this is not exactly comforting to users, the reason, via Mike Hommey’s site (originally from the Debian User Forum) and according to the Debian Infrastructure Announce mailing list is a comprehensive upgrade to the Alioth server:

Dear Debian developers, contributors and visitors,

This is a reminder that some of the Alioth admins are gathered this
week-end to work on One of the goals of the sprint
is to upgrade Alioth in every way we can find: kernel, Debian release,
FusionForge software, hardware, and so on. This will very probably
result in temporary downtime of the service, especially during the
move. We should be done by late afternoon (UK time) on Sunday, May

We apologize for the inconvenience, which we hope will be compensated
by a noticeable increase in performance.


Roland Mas