Wed Jun 4 17:00:03 PDT 2008

CTAN and CentOS Mirrors Moved off

I have moved the current CentOS and CTAN mirrors off and on to our new mirror server,

The new base URLs for these mirrors are


For the time being, I have set up redirects so that attempts to retrieve data from URLs pointing to yum will automatically be redirected to

At some point the machine that the old mirror server runs on may be retired or repurposed, so if you're using our CentOS mirror to update your machines or our CTAN mirror to download TeX-related material, I would encourage you to change the URLs in your YUM configuration files to point to the new location.

Posted by Claire Connelly | Permalink | Categories: mirror, News, LaTeX

Sat Jul 7 14:37:07 PDT 2007

Fedora Mirror Changes

We have stopped mirroring the Fedora development tree until we can add more disk space to our mirror system.

With the release of Fedora 7 (which we are also not mirroring), the Fedora Project merged the Extras repository into what was "Core", dramatically increasing the size of the distribution. As a result, Fedora development also picked up all the packages from Extras.

While having a larger selection of packages available in Fedora is generally a good thing, our primary operating system is still CentOS, and with the release of CentOS 5, disk space was starting to get a bit tight. With Fedora's merger of Extras, we can no longer maintain an active mirror of Fedora until we obtain additional resources.

Note that there are various possibilities in the works. There is a move to create a Claremont-Colleges-wide Linux Users Group, which might pick up some of the mirroring. The mathematics department may be making some new hardware acquisitions that will allow us to shuffle some things around and give us additional disk space. And I'm still hoping to get the college on board with the idea of providing some services, including public mirrors, to the FOSS community.

Keep an eye on this blog for more information about all these possibilities, and about changes to the mirror status.

Posted by Claire Connelly | Permalink | Categories: mirror, News

Fri Apr 13 17:23:00 PDT 2007

End of Life for Fedora Legacy (and Our Mirror of It)

As of February 9th, 2007, the Fedora Legacy Project, which provided security updates for versions of Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core Linux that were no longer being supported by Red Hat itself, shut down operations.

As a result, no updates have been forthcoming from that time onwards. In the interest of freeing up mirror space for active projects, we have stopped mirroring the files from this project, and removed them from our mirror server.

If you are still using one of the operating systems that the Fedora Legacy Project was supporting, we strongly urge you to upgrade your systems to a more recent -- and supported -- operating system.

Depending on your needs, we suggest that you consider CentOS, a rebuild of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux product, Debian GNU/Linux, or Fedora Core Linux. All three OSs have had recent releases or will release soon (5 for CentOS; 4 for Debian; 7 is due soon from Fedora).

For server systems, we recommend CentOS or Debian. For desktop systems that have to work, CentOS or Debian are also good choices. For more experimental systems, Debian or Fedora are your best bets. Installing Debian and switching to the testing or unstable "releases" will give you access to very recent software, with different levels of potential bugginess. For Fedora, you can run the most recent release or run the development version.

All of the mentioned versions of these operating-system distributions are available on our mirror server.

Posted by Claire Connelly | Permalink | Categories: mirror, News