screenshots.debian.net gets slashdotted

Bear with me that I keep you posted with boring news of screenshots.debian.net. But after further optimisation (caching the start page, serving screenshots directly from nginx instead of via Pylons) we decided that it’s time to get us on Slashdot. Thanks a lot to zepolen for teaching me about memcached and threading! The slashdot people have approved my announcement and we are already getting hammered by people following the link to screenshots.debian.net. Currently the server load is still near 100%, we have 10 Mbps network traffic and 60 request/second. Watching the web server logs is currently pretty cool. 🙂

21:08:30 up 455 days, 15:08, 2 users, load average: 1.27, 0.94, 0.69

Network traffic when slashdotting began

Yes, I\'m on slashdot! :)

Honestly I hardly ever read Slashdot. But apparently many others do. And if you are especially bored you can read the comments on the posting there. So much childishness. “You should have made it a distribution-independent site.” “How should I make a screenshot of libfoo-bar?” Why can’t people just be happy with what they get for free and make proper suggestions? Well, go create something yourself. Expecting something perfect from the start is pretty naive. But not unexpected. 🙂

One thought on “screenshots.debian.net gets slashdotted

  • 2008-11-19 at 23:24
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    Congrats on surviving a slashdotting! Slashdot comments are notoriously awful, but I still enjoy the site. 🙂

    It wouldn’t be a bad idea to just hide lib*, *-data, *-common, *-dbg, *-dev, etc. packages. In fact I kind of wish package managers (Synaptic!) would hide those by default as well and just let them be pulled in as dependencies.

    (I know there are lots of good reasons to show them, but nothing a “Show all packages” toggle wouldn’t solve.)

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