[knowledgeforge-user] IMPORTANT: KnowledgeForge seeking hosting + volunteers, or shutting down

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Mon May 12 17:47:03 UTC 2014


On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 3:27 AM, Nick Stenning <nick.stenning at okfn.org> wrote:
> Dear users of KnowledgeForge,
> As you'll know, the Open Knowledge Foundation (now Open Knowledge) has
> run KnowledgeForge (http://knowledgeforge.net), a place for hosting free
> and open code, content and research projects, for some years now. Since
> 2005, KnowledgeForge and the attendant services have been hosted on our
> hardware, or on hardware generously donated to us, and the machine
> running the site has been kept up-to-date and secure by our systems
> administrators.
> However, the time has come for us to hand over the responsibility for
> running KnowledgeForge. The underlying software, KForge, still works,
> but is ageing, and we don't currently take an active part in maintaining
> it. None of our own projects use KnowledgeForge on a day-to-day basis,
> and while we have for a long time run the site for the community using
> it, the time has come to focus our efforts on other things.
> As such, this email serves two purposes:
> 1) As an open offer to any member of this community who would be able to
> provide hosting and administrative oversight for the KnowledgeForge
> service. We currently host the service on an Amazon AWS m1.small
> instance (which corresponds to a 2-core, 2GiB RAM virtual server, with
> about 50GB of storage, excluding backups). The costs associated with the
> hosting are relatively modest, coming to between $20 and $40 per month
> at AWS, and could probably be cheaper elsewhere. Please contact me
> directly if you are interested in taking over management of
> KnowledgeForge.
> 2) As a notice that in the absence of any offers of help, we will be
> shutting down the KnowledgeForge service permanently on or shortly after
> 1 August 2014, that is in just over three months time from now. If we
> are unable to find a new home for KnowledgeForge, we will of course help
> any users of the service to extract all their data in advance of the
> switchoff.
> It's been a fun ride, and I'm sorry for disappointing those of you who
> are still using KnowledgeForge. I hope we can find a new home for the
> site: do please feel free to circulate this email to anyone who you
> think might be able to help.

I don't have any money to pay for hosting, but I can help with system

I'm mainly responsible for the 'ivo' site on knowledgeforge that is
still being used.  Can you offer a service redirecting pages to other
servers, to those of use who ask it and can give you apache redirect
snippets to do the work?  That would ease the transition...



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