Kernel Update Yesterday, Downtime

I use the uncommon methodology of hosting my site, and this blog, on a home computer. And this means that the reliability with which my Web-pages can be fetched, is only as good as the reliability of this home computer, which I name ‘Phoenix’. I don’t necessarily recommend that other people do this; this is just how I do it.

Yesterday (05/08/2018) , the Debian maintainers pushed through another kernel update. After a kernel update, even a Linux computer needs to be rebooted. And the result from that would have been, that my site and blog would not have been accessible to the Internet, from about 19h55 until 20h05.

The last kernel update only took place recently.

I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused my readers.

The kernel update itself seems to have been uneventful on any level that I was able to observe.



Kernel Updates Today, Downtime – VirtualBox Maybe Affected

I take the unusual approach, of hosting my Web-site, and this blog, on my personal computer at home. This implies that the visibility of this blog on the Web, is only as good the reliability of my PC, which I name ‘Phoenix’. Along with the computer I name ‘Plato’, Phoenix received a kernel-update today, which required a reboot.

The kernel-update took place uneventfully.

But, my site and blog would not have remained visible, from 20h20 until about 20h30 this evening.

I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

(Update 05/02/2018 … )

Contrarily to first appearances, this kernel-update did seem to have a side-effect: On one of my computers, it prevented the VirtualBox kernel-modules from being built…

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Upgrade, Downtime

Today, the computers I name ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Klystron’ received major updates to their core ‘libgcc’ and ‘libstdc++’ libraries, as part of a combination of 25 actually-updated packages. Even though this did not upgrade the (Linux) Debian version of either O/S, which is still ‘8.10’ , This type of an upgrade requires a reboot. So I rebooted.

But, The PC which I name ‘Phoenix’ is also my Web-server. Therefore, there is no way for my blog or site to be visible to the Internet, during a reboot. My blog was offline from 20h15 until 20h25.

I apologize for any inconvenience this might have been to my readers.