|Pliant announce forum
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|Message posted by maybe email@example.com on 2000/12/01 13:05:40
I'm glad to announce that the first server running FullPliant has been
started this morning.
Such a server contains:
. a custom Linux kernel built for source using FullPliant installation script
. a very small set of libraries and executables extrated from Debian packages.
One could even run without these, except e2fsck.
. Pliant tree
All the computer configuration is stored in a small set of Pliant databases
which can be shared among all computers in an organization, and is set using
Pliant web interface. There is no more Unix tree: the 'init' executable is
All the services are provided through Pliant very compact applications:
. DNS server
. HTTP server
. FTP server
. SMTP server
. POP3 server
It is intended to build very reliable and easy to maintain servers.
Remote configuration and updating is done using the Pliant secured proxy
and the Pliant sync utility that both rely on Pliant strong crypto subsystem.
The first server I started in an old HP Netserver.
It has dual power supply, is linked to an UPS, and runs on a software RAID1
partition, so I expect it to be very reliable ... if Pliant is.
It's called 'fat.heliosam.fr' and will display Pliant web site (also
the official release 51 is not ready yet since I still have a lot of
details to cope with)
|Message posted by maybe Patrice Ossona de Mendez on 2000/12/01 14:56:18
|Could be nice to be able to brwose the archive directory without login.
Will this server become the new pliant.cx or will it keep this strange name
(It is not so easy to make all the referencement databases follow a name change;
there are still some that are "traped" with pliant.cams.ehess.fr...)
|Message posted by maybe Hubert Tonneau on 2000/12/01 19:35:29
|This is just a temporary test server.
I will give it heliosam.pliant.cx as an alias name.
|Message posted by maybe Hubert Tonneau on 2000/12/09 21:46:36
|The new FullPliant server is now ready for testing and reviewing.
It's an amazing thing that will:
- let you browse the all system files, so that you can see how few
files there is in a FullPliant server, compared to a classical Unix
- let you read the system configuration database so that you can learn
with a real example how to configure a FullPliant server.
- let you view the server status board that displays the load (CPU,
memory, disk and network)
- let you get an account on it, so that you can later securely upload
of download using either clear password or Pliant strong crypto system.
All files, including all patches are mapped to a logical tree in the
HTTP server, so you can synchronize up or down using Pliant HTTP client
(also it needs some documentation that I probably write next week).
- let you upload, download, review and discuss patches: this is the new
Pliant developpers forum, and I hope it will be really powerfull:
You can store many preposed patches, and the server provides tools to
smart display them, discuss about them, and keep them up to date
when the main tree changes, util they can be applyed.
You can access the new demonstration server at:
The first step will be to test if the server works reliably (the patching
system is still really young), and if we don't have any too obvious security
holes (the browsing system is also very young).