The old shell server is revived.  I’m pretty much out of spare parts now.  If anyone has a working Sun SS-10 they want to get rid of, or good parts for one, please let me know.

What appears to have happened is that three of four heat sink retainers broke and the heat sink separated from the CPU and it cooked.

New Server Mint.Eskimo.Com

If you feel like exploring another new server while is down, ‘’ is now online running the Mint 17 Linux distribution.

Please note that the only graphical interface presently supported for this machine is x2go.  If you come in with x2go please use the ‘Mate’ desktop.  The x2go platform does not support desktops which require accelerated graphics or compositing desktops.

New Shell Server – Centos 7

Those of you who have been contemplating Centos 7, we’ve just turned up a new shell server with Centos 7 and it is available for your use although there aren’t a lot of applications installed yet.

Presently the only way to access it graphically is with x2go, and then you must use either Mate or KDE desktop.  The Gnome is Gnome 3 and presently doesn’t work without accelerated graphics which remote desktop applications can not provide.  However, Mate is a continuation of Gnome 2 and works much as Gnome 2 worked under Centos 6 as used on shellx.

The server name is  Your same login, password, files, etc, will be present.

Maintenance Status

All machines are returned to service except and it should be back in about fifteen minutes.  All customer facing and non-replicated servers maintenance will be completed this morning so there will not be additional outages Sunday morning.


Maintenance is still in progress.

Shellx took much longer than normal because I lost connectivity with the server near the end of the imaging process and had to start over.  It will be back up momentarily.

Scientific is also down being imaged. is still up and available as is the old ‘’ sever.

Shellx is backup now and is finished for the evening.

The mail server will be next and then ftp / www.  After scientific completes Debian will be next.

ftp and www reboot 11:15AM 8/8/2014

I rebooted the web server at 11:15AM because PHP applications were responding slowly and I was unable to find any heavy load to justify the cause.  Since the machine needed to be rebooted to load a new kernel anyway I booted it.  After the boot it responded normally.  Downtime was approximately two minutes.