Posted on: August 9, 2019
Posted by: admin
Today comes news that Linux Journal is shutting down. They say they'll be able to keep the archive online for a couple of weeks.
Now here's an opportunity to do the wind-down the right way. Linux Journal isn't the ordinary publication that lets the domain registration lapse and stops paying the storage bills for the archive. And then next year it's a porn site or a phishing destination. I'm assuming the last people at Linux Journal care about the accumulated know-how and history at the site. And this event raises the question of how to do such a wind-down best.
Ideally, the archive remains online and accessible at linuxjournal.com for the foreseeable future so all pointers into the site continue to work. This might not cost a lot of money especially if the site is largely static content. So the first question is this -- is it? And if so, how much is there? With that data we can estimate what the annual cost will be and then set about raising the money. I would be happy to kick in some myself.
If not, then perhaps we can find a way to enumerate the URLs and then set up a service that redirects them to the archive.org version of the content?
Or perhaps we could write a scraper that visits the pages, downloads a snapshot and stores them in static files.
According to the site we have a couple of weeks to do the research and moving.
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