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New Linode 96 Plan

Nov 4, 2003 by Christopher Aker
Announcing the Linode 96 plan, available very soon. [size=22][b]Linode 96[/b][/size] ➡ 96M RAM ➡ 3GB Disk Space ➡ 38GB xfer ➡ [color=green][b]$29.95[/b][/color] For more information, please see the [url=]Linode Plan Matrix[/url]. Thanks! -Chris

Host Summary and Average CPU Statistics

Oct 31, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I added a new [b]”Host Summary”[/b] widget to the Member’s Overview page. It conveniently displays which host you’re on, along with your average CPU usage on that host. This is calculated by recording the number of “CPU seconds” your Linode thread(s) consume, and comparing that against the total number of seconds from the beginning of […]

Updated Gentoo Linux 1.4 Filesystem

Oct 30, 2003 by Christopher Aker
➡ Updated to latest emerge sync (ssh, glibc, etc) ➡ Reduced minimum size from 780M to 730M ➡ General cleanups -Chris

Updated RedHat 9.0 Small filesystem

Oct 29, 2003 by Christopher Aker
➡ Removed unncessary packages from the default install ➡ Reduced minimum size from 670M to 550M ➡ Updated to latest packages (ssh, glibc, etc) ➡ General cleanups -Chris

Updated Debian filesystem

Oct 29, 2003 by Christopher Aker
➡ Now uses shadow and md5 passwords ➡ Removed unncessary packages from the default install ➡ Will generate ssh keys on initial boot ➡ Reduced minimum size from 100M to 80M ➡ General cleanups -Chris

Reverse DNS Manager

Oct 22, 2003 by Christopher Aker
Available now off the Member’s Overview page is the Reverse DNS Configuration Manager (look near the “Network Information” button — there is a link to it). It is fairly bare-bones at the moment, but get’s the job done. [b]Requirements[/b] Your reverse DNS hostname must first forward resolve to one of your IPs. I couldn’t find […]

Linode selects Hurricane Electric for expansion

Oct 8, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I am very pleased to announce that has expanded with new space in Hurricane Electric’s Fremont, CA data center facility. Hurricane Electric is a Tier 1 provider, operating their own world-class national (and UK) backbone with hundreds of peering partnerships. All new host machines (host9 and up) will be located at Hurricane Electric. [img][/img] […]

Network Filtering Improvements

Sep 24, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I deployed new “transparent” network filtering yesterday evening around midnight. The filtering falls into two categories, global filtering and Linode-specific filtering. The global filtering is already activated on all the hosts. This filters most of the broadcast traffic, the HSRP messages, and UDP port 137 traffic. The Linode specific filtering filters broadcast traffic, and ARP […]

Red Hat 8.0 (Small) available

Sep 16, 2003 by Christopher Aker
By the request of a few users, I pulled together a Red Hat 8.0 distro and made it available through the Distro Wizard. It requires 450 megs, but has about 100 free. Once I get some feedback (and I expect to get some) I’ll make any changes and bring the size inline with the actual […]

Custom “root=” kernel param

Sep 4, 2003 by Christopher Aker version 1.0.55 contains the ability to specify a custom “root” kernel param in your Linode Configuration Profile. With the root= kernel param, you can specify an alternate block device. This is useful for (but not limited to) root LVM setups. Valid characters are A-Z, 0-9, _ and / Enjoy! -Chris

initrd support

Sep 3, 2003 by Christopher Aker
You can now create up to a 32 MB uncompressed initrd image, and specify that image in your configuration profile for use as an initrd when your Linode boots. This is helpful in two-phased boot-up procedures, required when using LVM on your root partitions, or perhaps even running distro-upgrade procedures. To create an initrd image, […]