The Fall of the Gentoo Wiki

The Gentoo Wiki is lost, or as the administrator put it “database lost”. What does that mean? Itmeans that every page, Encyclopedias of information, will never be seen again. The Gentoo Wiki was the pride and pillar of the Gentoo community. When all else flagged, the Gentoo Wiki remained strong. People from all over the Linux community, from multiple distro’s contributed to the wiki. How many warnings were there? Server downtimes, a previous hacking attempt. Now we got a new and improved, blank page book.

Even worse the administrator has abandoned his and thousands of others property rights.

This is a bad day for Gentoo, you won’t see me contribute to the Gentoo Wiki unless it’s an official part of the Gentoo project.

Update 4/21/09

The Gentoo wiki has rerooted itself and looks to be getting some of it’s momentum back. A good deal of the more popular posts have been returned and new style guidelines and content guidelines are being strictly enforced (a much needed thing, and seldom help-up in alot of wiki projects). As to my prior statement that i wouldn’t post to the Gentoo wiki, i have contributed four posts, and appreciate the guys work to help rebuild it.

About Todd Partridge (Gently)

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Posted on 2008-11-05, in Linux. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Quick, before the sky falls!

    You can’t edit, but the old information, of debatable use, is still around.

  2. Ciaran McCreesh

    Were it an official project, they’d store the data in tmpfs for performance reasons and never sync it to disk, let alone remote backups…

  3. Use Google cache and Web Archive.

  4. anonymous idiot

    “Even worse the administrator has abandoned his and thousands of others property rights.”

    This comment displays an astonishing level of ignorance. The fact that you provided a link to the blog where all the details were described, and yet utterly failed to actually read and comprehend that blog says little for your intelligence.

    The gentoo wiki loss had nothing to do with a database error, crash, or other failure. It was collateral damage in a legal battle between two hosting companies, and there’s not a damn thing anyone could have done about it short of illegally breaking into the facilities.

  5. Well, justifiably, i understand the situation sucks. My background on this is that I’ve read news stores where people that put information on hosting company sites have a right to that information and have at times had to reacquire it through legal-means, whether the company went bankrupt, was involved in a merger, or just plain negligence by the hosting company itself. The most unfortunate aspect of all this is that and self-run, and newer projects likely will not have the legal-resources necessary to reclaim their legal property, and big hosting companies can make changes without much consideration of content.

    I still do use the wiki and have contributed to it despite what i said. I’ve edited my post to reflect that as i don’t think that was responsible of me. The Gentoo wiki does a good service to the Gentoo community and i appreciate their efforts. Thanks for posting anon.

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