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Advogato: OPN status update, assistance request

Mar 02, 2001, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Levin)

"Open Projects Net is an extremely small infrastructure project which, in its present form, has provided services to the community since early 1998. OPN IRC provides interactive services to projects and groups involved with "Open Source, Open Technology, Open Information". We are about to embark on a program of accelerated growth. This article describes the state of the project and mentions areas where we could use assistance."

"Open Projects Net has existed in its current form since early 1998. At its inception it had about 100 users and some small number of channels. It currently has peak load of nearly 3,000 clients and 1,000 channels. To a certain extent, we're a victim of our own success. We've had a fairly steady growth rate, doubling every 5-7 months. Some of the affiliated groups are listed here. In addition, we have architecture channels relating to MIPS and PowerPC and various small development channels, as well as publications channels and support groups."

"Various internal projects must come to usability for us to keep running and growing. We are converting to a modified hybrid server which should reduce the impact of various denial attacks, but we have no coders dedicated to finishing the project. We emphasize friendly communication and project coordination, but staff training is essential and, as the founder, I have little time to write and test coursework. We've begun a process to develop a long-term replacement for IRC, but this is the early design stage and recruitment of developers with cryptographic expertise to complete the design and begin coding takes time which, again, is lacking."

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