8 years 4 days of flawless service

I installed my server on Jul 31 2004 and much like the witches broom in many a Terry Pratchett book, my old server went through many upgrades but remained the same server. It had two new cases, many new hard disks, two house moves, but one OS, namely Debian GNU/Linux unstable.

In all those eight years, it never let me down, surviving flood, power outages and most dangerous of all, my administration. The server was a test bed for anything I was experimenting with at the time and it shocks me that it continued to plough on, upgrade after upgrade. A testement to the fantastic work of the entire Debian Community.

The new server is a Raspberry PI and it also runs Debian but is a smidgen smaller.

Big and Small

So despite all this loyal service, I am turning it off today as it simply is taking too much power to run. So thanks for the loyal service and enjoy your well earned retirement as a backup server.

server:~# uname -a
Linux video 3.2.0-2-amd64 #1 SMP Fri Apr 6 05:01:55 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux
server:~# uptime
 12:22:33 up 114 days, 16:45,  1 user,  load average: 0.03, 0.09, 0.07
server:~# ls -al /etc/pam.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 552 Jul 31  2004 /etc/pam.conf
server:~# halt

Broadcast message from root@video (pts/0) (Sat Aug  4 12:23:00 2012):

The system is going down for system halt NOW!
server:~# Connection to 192.168.x.y closed by remote host.
Shared connection to 192.168.x.y closed.
user@pc:~$
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