Website Issues and Installation Progress

Another week, another blog post!

We’ve been getting mentions from some people in the Linux community that they cannot access our website. Fear not, this is not a bug.

For the past few months, we have been dealing with bots on our blog. In order to get rid of those bots, up until recently, we were just blocking individual IP addresses. However, this was not enough. So, we have now essentially blacklisted entire countries.

As of right now, most first world countries can access our website (the US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, China, Japan, etc). If you get a 403 error, most of the time this will be due to our website blocking your country

In order to keep web traffic down, and keep the bots out, certain countries will remain blocked indefinitely, or until we find a better solution to keep these bots out.

If you live in one of these countries, please know that you will not be able to access our apt repository at this time. However, we are working to get mirrors set up for those in Europe and Asia. These mirrors will not block the countries our main repository blocks, so once they are online you can simply change the URL to our repo in /etc/apt/sources.list and you should be able to get updates again.

In other news, we have been working on our system installers the past week and have made some progress. For now, Ubiquity is a lost cause. We are still holding out hope for Calamares, but are proceeding onward with development of our own, in-house, installation solution, which at current time is getting significantly farther than any previous solution.

As of this weekend, we had a full system installed, except for the kernel, and were being dropped at a GRUB rescue terminal. This is significantly farther than Calamares, which was getting less than 10% of the files for Drauger OS installed and no GRUB installation to speak of, and Ubiquity, which was just getting the disk partitioned but no files installed.

We plan to continue development until either Calamares is working, or our system-installer is working, and remove the one that doesn’t work. If they both end up working, we will default to Calamares due to how much more mature and modular it is than our own system at current time.

Thanks for reading our blog! We may not have a blog post or podcast episode next week, but we will make an effort to try to ensure there will be one!

Sincerely,

Thomas Castleman

Lead Dev, Founder

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