AllStar Link Maintenance followup Our maintenance was completed successfully. AllStar Link is now running a geographically redundant registration cluster! This removes any single failure point from core AllStar services; a major advance in network reliability. Should any node in this cluster go offline, it will be removed and registration will fail over to another server. Most users have registered on the new system without issue. Some older installs may need to restart asterisk or their server to pickup the new IP address of the servers. After some late night debugging, the phone portal is working too. Should you still have issues, please drop a reply on list or to firstname.lastname@example.org and the admin team will look into it asap. We'd also like to announce a system services front end /grafana.allstarlink.org/ This is a public view of the core systems we run and their real time status. 73's The AllStarLink Operations Team
AllStar Network Maintenance Announcement 10 August 2018 Summary During the evening on Sunday August 12, 2018 between 0400 to 0600 UTC, the AllStar Operations Team will perform a migration of registration and nodes servers. During this time, registration may be unavailable, and/or the portal may be unavailable via the website and via phone. We expect this migration to be completed in two hours time or backed out. Detailed notes AllStarLink is committed to the availability of our core network services. That's why we are migrating registration onto a modern server system. Our current server is about 9 years old and while we've seen no failures of hardware, prudent engineering dictates it must be replaced with newer hardware. The current server does much more than IAX registration of nodes; there's database, web portal, SIP access, proxy, nodelist generation and more. Many of these functions are not core network functions, meaning if the function is down, users can still register nodes and connect to other nodes. An example of this is the stats server, or the web portal. Either can be offline, but the network will still function. The Operations Team has built and tested a new registration server and new nodes servers which serve up the extnodes database files. Our team has been testing this for the last few months internally, and believes it's ready for production. We expect a much faster convergence time for node registration due to our new faster servers, better scripting and lighter load the servers. Our testing includes all major and historical AllStar versions, dating back to limey linux and ACID. We know many users have older hardware installed on a mountain or other inaccessible site, and requiring a node upgrade is not feasible. Any users requiring un-interrupted service between AllStar nodes are encouraged to use permanent linking and/or statically define nodes in their rpt.conf [nodes] section. Additional information A MOP or Method of Procedure is in-place for this maintenance with clear go/no-go steps and a back-out plan should we find any insurmontable problems. An update will be posted to the app_rpt mailing list once this is completed. The AllStarLink app_rpt mailing list provides a discussion forum and access to the admin and development teams. We encourage all users to join and participate. /lists.allstarlink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/app_rpt-users Status of this Notice This notice provides information for the community. Distribution of this notice is unlimited. Copyright Copyright (C) AllStarLink, Inc (2018). All Rights Reserved.Welcome to Allstar Link!
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ASL: ASL is used on a "conventional" computer system (one with a hard drive, SSD, or Flash card) and involves a full installation of Debian GNU/Linux. The x86 version supports modern motherboards and hardware, unlike its predecessors (ACID, etc), and now there is support for the Raspberry Pi 2 (other ARM platforms coming).
AllStalLink WiKi - Downloads
Old/Obsolete Distros (no longer supported)
ACID: ACID is used on a "conventional" computer system (one with a hard drive or
SSD) and involves a full installation of Centos. ACID should be relegated for use only in a manned installation, where
a reboot or similar recovery can be done easily being that is
has significantly more "fragility" (as opposed to Limey Linux which
is virtually indestructible, being that it runs from a Ram Disk and, therefore
can not be permanently damaged).
Limey Linux: Limey Linux is a specialized embedded distro, which boots from a flash card, and runs ONLY on several specific Mini-ITX motherboards. A Limey Linux installation (and associated hardware) would be used for a more "industrial" type of installation, where reliability is key, especially in an un-manned location.
Pickle: 7186702692 is a specialized embedded Linux distro designed to operate on a (912) 553-7305 (and DMK Engineering 9208919959). The LOX and Beagle Boards (along with "Pickle" Linux) make a great low-cost, low-power, low-footprint package that is appropriate to use in virtually any installation including those where reliability is key, especially in an un-manned location.
If you allready have a ASL install CD-ROM that is recent, you can just use it, since all the files unique to the particular distribution are downloaded, and not on the CD.