Eskimo North will be off-line I am guessing for about two hours starting at 1am on saturday morning for a hardware upgrade. Because the eskimo server is so central to everything else, this will affect many things. Incoming mail will not be processed during that time frame, it will not be possible to send mail during that time. The shell server will be down, and you will not be able to login to the low speed modem pool. What follows is mostly a technical explanation of those upgrades and the progress of other upgrades under way. We are replacing the 4/670MP with an SS-10. This provides a disk controller twice as fast as the current machine and a faster bus with a faster memory subsystem that will improve overall system performance. The video card, fddi card, and disks are being re-used from the existing machine so there is a bit of hardware to transplant. There is the remote possibility that the upgrade will go smoothly and the outage will be shorter but rarely do these things go entirely smoothly. On other subjects, Eskinews hardware is upgraded, we are still working on upgrading software. The kernel is 2.2.11, though I am going to go back to 2.2.10 because performance with 2.2.11 is somewhat worse. The machine is mostly idle, both disk and CPU, feed from Sprint is abysmal, and I am working on a fix for that involving a feed from another company. Assuming we can get the feed fixed, and the machine provides adequate thruput, then I will add additional disk for a larger spool and longer expire times. I am still waiting for the machines that will replace chat and isumataq, these should arrive friday or monday. I also acquired another router with faster CEC (the central processor unit), and more ports, and most importantly a 100-base-TX card. FDDI has not been supported by SparcLinux, and that has been holding us back from upgrading some of the machines to SparcLinux, some like mail could really benefit. While not as fast as FDDI, it will probably provide adequate bandwidth. I am now looking for a reasonably priced 100-base-TX switch. Finding a way to get from FDDI to 100-base-TX has been difficult, this will provide that. This will provide more CPU and more ports as well, so that we can add additional bandwidth (which actually is something I have in the works).