[plug] Shameless user shell server

James Bromberger james at rcpt.to
Mon Aug 29 21:04:47 WST 2011

Dear all,

For quite some time, PLUG's user shell server, /Shameless/, has been not
working for user access.

While committee has been trying to get enough admin time together to get
this up and running, we've also wanted to ensure that we had enough
volunteer time to ensure that this would be adequately maintained.

Offering shell services used to be a popular request many years ago for
people to "try out" Linux, or to get their email somewhere, however
these days with Live CDs of Linux (and better bandwidth), very cheap
(and some free) virtual instances available online, and a slew of online
email services (GMail, Hotmail, etc) there's little point in PLUG trying
to do this as well. The exposure to PLUG continuing to run an open shell
sever may be low, but without a commitment to maintain this, there is a
chance that an account could be compromised, and all kinds of trouble.

Committee has tried for the last 6 months to get enough volunteer time
to undertake. however this has now lapsed. We are interested if there is
anyone on the PLUG list would like to maintain the User Shell Server;
please email the committee (or me). If you feel passionately about this,
please speak up!



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