Forums/community server & TTLTS interview

Written by Clem on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm | Main Topics

Our server in Canada was fine-tuned for the database to allow more connections and use larger buffers. The connection timeout was also reduced to a value of 60 seconds and multiple indexes were added to our database schema. This should make the forums and community website more reliable than before and prevent them from going down as they did recently. The performance should be relatively the same, but any query taking longer than 60 seconds will now be dropped with a timeout.We appreciate the feedback. If you experience any problems with the community website and forums in the upcoming days, please do let us know.

On an unrelated note, I’ve been invited to talk on the Linux Link Tech Show tonight. I really enjoyed it the last time around but I’m always a little nervous when it comes to being on a podcast, especially as this one is Live. It’s a great opportunity to chat about Linux and Linux Mint in particular though, so if you’re around at 8:30pm EST, don’t hesitate to tune in. Then it’s up to you really if you want to cheer me up or throw really hard questions at me. Coming up next, late 2010-early 2011, I’ll also be talking on mintCast and FLOSS Weekly. Here’s the live streaming and IRC information for tonight’s show: http://www.tllts.org/livestreaminfo.php

43 Responses to “Forums/community server & TTLTS interview”

  1. tdockery97 Says:

    Great news regarding the forums and community website. I’ll be sure to tune in tonight to the Linux Link Tech Show Podcast.

  2. Matt Says:

    Did you make a mistake and mean EST? EDT is usually used in the Summer and EST is usually used in Winter. EDT is UTC -4 and EST is UTC -5.

    http://www.timeanddate.com/library/abbreviations/timezones/na/edt.html
    http://www.timeanddate.com/library/abbreviations/timezones/na/est.html

  3. ivaylo Says:

    Great accomplishment!!!

  4. ki3rk3gaard Says:

    KEWL BEENZ ! Will definitely be listening and cheering . I will also have my fingers crossed hoping for the inside scoop on LMDE development and/or testing.

  5. Clem Says:

    Matt: Thanks, I always interpreted EST/EDT as the eastern US coast time. I never noticed they incorporated the notion of daytime saving. I guess the notice sent from TLLTS to remind you of the show was automated and written in the Summer :) Post updated. Thanks for this.

  6. christopher patrick Says:

    he is on right now

  7. ki3rk3gaard Says:

    The show was awesome …I hope the next time a show gets announced an army is there to herald it’s arrival/influence/future.

  8. malligt Says:

    Add one more + vote for the Canadian server.

    I “discovered” the convenience and speed of the Canadian (waterloo) server earlier this year when Clem advised on the blog that the Main Server in Europe was being moved.

    Go to Menu/Administration/Software Sources/Enter Password/Linux Mint Tab—Download From–select “OTHER”…..you can now manually select Canada server, or I’d recommend that readers try “Select Best Server” option to get fast/faster results where they live.

  9. oscar799 Says:

    The live show will be past my bedtime,I found this download link for all those in a similar position

    http://www.tllts.org/rsspage.php

  10. thermodynamics4 Says:

    LMDE DUE DATE PLEASE!!!! I have a machine waiting for the new release!!

  11. thermodynamics4 Says:

    LMDE DUE DATE PLEASE!!!! I have a machine waiting for the new release!!

    Do you wanna release the same day as debian release Squeeze?

  12. Gilles Says:

    J’aimerais savoir comment désinstaller linux Mint 9 isadora sur mon ordinateur. Je ne le trouve pas dans supprimer de windows. Je l’ai installé à partir du cd linux pratique. Merci

  13. tdockery97 Says:

    Written by Clem on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm | Main Topics
    Our server in Canada was fine-tuned for the database to allow more connections and use larger buffers. The connection timeout was also reduced to a value of 60 seconds and multiple indexes were added to our database schema. This should make the forums and community website more reliable than before and prevent them from going down as they did recently. The performance should be relatively the same, but any query taking longer than 60 seconds will now be dropped with a timeout.We appreciate the feedback. If you experience any problems with the community website and forums in the upcoming days, please do let us know.

    It would seem that the Forum and Community Website usage is still far exceeding capability. At the moment I cannot connect to either, while connecting to the main site is no problem. Mint is just getting too popular. :)

  14. JoJo Says:

    I have this problem too. Both community and forums are not accessible. “connection time out”

  15. Mike Freeman Says:

    I’m also getting a connection timeout, and cannot get to the site.

  16. Ray Woods Says:

    Perhaps we had better get things organised for when Ubuntu releases with Unity. The flood may well become a deluge!

  17. tdockery97 Says:

    @Ray Woods: OMG I didn’t even think of that. I guess if there is anything you want to say on the forums you’d better say it quick. :)

  18. Doug McMillan Says:

    I have just converted to Linux Mint and ditched MS forever. My XP system was damaged by virus, so I had to do a repair installation. Then I found that my activation key wouldn’t work again, prompting me to activate over the phone, which I tried and Microsoft were unhelpful, suggesting that I buy a new copy of XP in order to recover my files. I resent that. So, I installed Linux Mint instead, and all my files were there where I wanted them to be! I wish I’d done that years ago. Now MS is where it belongs, in the bin!!

  19. agni Says:

    hey ppl at Linux Mint Team
    i am here by to tell u guys that Linux Mint 10 is the best linux os i have come across till now.U guys have done a better job than the Ubuntu ppl.I Love Linux Mint 10.

  20. Linc Says:

    Loved having you on the show Clem!

  21. Charlie Bradley Says:

    have been trying to connect to forums today with absolutely no success. What is up?

  22. Andrew Says:

    The forums are down in my area….I live in OH U.S. …..cannot access forums, say the server has timed out, please check back later

  23. Jack Says:

    My connection also shows that the forums are down, South Florida US

  24. Bruce R Says:

    I missed the live broadcast, so oscar799′s link made for interesting listening. The same questions being repeated in a different way could have made me conclude that the questioners were not listening to the answers already given or that they were working to a different agenda, but the repetition reinforced some Mint-unique plus points for me.
    I still reckon that Canonical and the Ubuntu team keep turning victory in to defeat that the brilliant Mint team keep turning back into a friendly and usable distribution, God bless them, so I’ll be very interested to see how things proceed in the wake of Ubuntu ‘Natty’.
    I haven’t yet installed LMDE ‘for real’, but hearing Clem’s words I’ll now have to try it out on a less capable rig or laptop, so many thanks for that advice gem !

  25. tdockery97 Says:

    The forums are down again tonight.:(

  26. kwe Says:

    Yep, down again

  27. Kirk M Says:

    Both the Community website and the forums have been down for awhile now. Not quite an unusual problem when it comes to web hosting. Ironically enough, sometimes it seems the more you try to improve uptime the worse it gets.

  28. tdockery97 Says:

    Now all Mint sites are down except the Blog. :(

  29. tdockery97 Says:

    Seems like to Forums are going down on a daily basis now. I thought they were being improved.

  30. Andrew Says:

    Is this going to be a constant with the forums….they’re down again….The connection has timed out

    The server at forums.linuxmint.com is taking too long to respond.
    * The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few
    moments.

    * If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network
    connection.

    * If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure
    that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

    Can we fix this please…..and the connection seems to be slow as well

  31. easyed Says:

    Why fix something that wasn’t broken? I had been able to easily access the forums until today. The same issue as Andrew has is being experienced here.

  32. Kirk M Says:

    Forums and the Community website as well. Both down again. It’s Skynet I tell ya’. Has to be.

  33. Philip C. Freytag Says:

    For several days nop I have been unable to access the forums until making repeated effors several hours apart.

  34. Philip C. Freytag Says:

    Forgot to mention. Updates are also not functioning to update Isadora.

  35. tdockery97 Says:

    =))

  36. sjonesy Says:

    dunno if its skynet, buts its darned annoying when you’re searching the forums. I’d be embarrassed, this has been happening all month where I am.

  37. Dan Says:

    Darn it, the forum’s still down. I have a burning question to ask. I’ll check again later.

  38. runbei Says:

    Server is still down – let’s hope it’s “difficulty at the beginning” with the new setup, as forums have been completely unavailable all day.

  39. runbei Says:

    p.s. Mint home page is terribly slow, with freezes, delayed link selection, etc. – ouch! For all practical purposes, Linux Mint website is offline afaict except for this blog.

  40. Andrew Says:

    Forums still down….working on a second day here…it’s now 2:10am, haven’t been able to get into them since about 1:15-1:30 this afternoon…along with slow connections.

  41. randomizer Says:

    Might I ask what web host you are with? They don’t seem to be particularly reliable.

  42. Kirk M Says:

    Forums and Community website were up this morning around 9:00 or so (US EST) but I just got an alert from one of the forum threads I was following and the forums are down again. The Community website is really slow to load as well.

    I understand about server/web hosting problems but I’m rather surprised that no one has bothered to post an update about the problem. The blog is still working and it doesn’t take but a minute to write up a simple “we’re having problems with our servers, etc but we’re working on it” type of post. Usually the Mint folks are right there with an explanation as to what’s going on when this type of thing happens.

    Perhaps it’s the holidays?

  43. MikeZB Says:

    [Gilles] A few hints
    .
    I infer you installed a dual boot.
    Do you only have one Windows partition?
    (An eMachine (or Gateway/HP/Dell) may have two. One is for OEM “Restore” to original manufacture.)
    .
    The bootloader GRUB or GRUB2 may need adjustment, preferably before you change partitions.
    You may want to research MBRfix or FixMBR for this.
    .
    (Or use ‘sudo’ with ‘ms-sys’ from Linux?)
    Only apply ‘ms-sys’ to an entire disk, not a partition. (i.e. /dev/sda NOT /dev/sda1), since it’s like fdisk.
    .
    A full Windows install CD may have a “Recovery Console” that helps.
    From DOS, perhaps FixMBR, then FixBoot.
    But an eMachine (or Gateway/HP/Dell) OEM Restore CD may not have it.
    Or Norton Partition Magic?
    .
    .
    I hope these help!
    (Sorry, I don’t speak French; I used ‘Google Translate’)
    (And artificial intelligence is no substitute for human wisdom! ;-)


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