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Posted by: mcangeli
Date posted: 03/09/2014 14:26
Title: Issues with the Tracker

Yesterday, the tracker was down for a number of hours due to an issue with our raid array (one of the drives had gone bad).

Our host was able to identify the issue and replace the card and drive with out any further issues or loss of data and the tracker was back on line around 6pm EST.

As long as your bittorrent clients were still up and sharing you should not have lost any data and in fact, you may have been able to complete the download.

If you notice any issues, please let us know.

Thanks!
Posted by: mcangeli
Date posted: 09/04/2014 14:56
Title: Linuxtracker and Heartbleed

By now you've heard about the Heartbleed "bug" that is able to use a vulnerability in an older version of OpenSSL to gain access to any number of supposedly secure communications from your computer to a server.

We have upgraded our install of openSSL as well as several other key pieces of software at Linuxtracker.org so we believe (according to everything we have read) that any hole on the server has been patched at this time. We also want to point out that we do not currently use ssl on the site, but we figured we'd be better safe than sorry later on.

Still, we would like to encourage everyone to login to the site and change/update your password. This can be done by logging in to the site and selecting the "My Panel" link under the main menu. From there, the link to change your password is on the left side of the screen.

Please choose something secure that you will rememeber and make sure to not share this password with anyone.
Posted by: mcangeli
Date posted: 05/03/2014 20:43
Title: Marching on with the Tux

Well, here we are three months in to 2014 and going strong.

We wanted to point out (in case you missed the March 2014 issue of LinuxFormat) that we were mentioned on page 75 of the March issue of LinuxFormat in a section on flexget. If you look at the image, there's a lovely screen cap of the site and under it says LinuxTracker.org is a useful resource, which we're sure you all agree with cool2.gif .

We wanted to let you know what there is some work going on under the hood to improve the site and make some much needed changes to the way the site functions. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please let us know in the forums.

Also, we wanted to remind everyone that you can help support the site and view the site AD FREE for as little as $5 a month. Your contribution goes to helping keep the server powered as well as some other improvements we're in the process of making here at linuxtracker.

As always, please remember to be kind and leave your seeds running!
Posted by: mcangeli
Date posted: 21/02/2014 16:45
Title: Recent Slowness...

The issues of recent slowness with the site have been resolved.

Please note that we routinely monitor connections and block anything over 50 connections at one time coming in to our server (to be accurate, you get null routed) angry.gif

We will be keeping an eye on things over the next couple of days however you should notice that the site has returned to its normal responsive self.
Posted by: mcangeli
Date posted: 21/02/2014 16:44
Title: Recent Slowness...

The issues of recent slowness with the site have been resolved.

Please note that we routinely monitor connections and block anything over 50 connections at one time coming in to our server (to be accurate, you get null routed) angry.gif

We will be keeping an eye on things over the next couple of days however you should notice that the site has returned to its normal responsive self.
Posted by: mcangeli
Date posted: 26/12/2013 20:24
Title: Top Torrents of the year...

As 2013 draws to an end, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the top ten most grabbed torrents of the year.....

  • openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso Grabbed: 130560
  • CentOS 6.4 64bit DVD Install Set Grabbed: 87200
  • openSUSE-12.3-DVD-i586.iso Grabbed: 58888
  • CentOS 6.4 32bit DVD Install Set Grabbed: 47063
  • openSUSE-12.3-KDE-Live-x86_64.iso Grabbed: 38653
  • openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso Grabbed: 28650
  • Arch Linux 2013.11.01 (www.archlinux.org) Grabbed: 20448
  • Arch Linux 2013.10.01 (www.archlinux.org) Grabbed: 20008
  • KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-EN Grabbed: 19688
  • openSUSE-12.3-GNOME-Live-x86_64.iso Grabbed: 18401

    Its interesting to note that most of them are OpenSuse! grin.gif This is of ALL torrents posted to Linuxtracker.org, we'll take a look at the linuxtracker only torrents next week.
  • Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 16/12/2013 13:33
    Title: Nearing the year end!

    Wow! Can you believe that 2013 is almost over? We can't and we wanted to remind everyone of some things here at Linuxtracker.org.

    First, please be mindful of what you upload to the site. Warez, Crackz, Music and movies will not be tolerated here and will be removed and the uploader will be banned from the site. We take great pride in the fact that we're the NUMBER ONE source for Linux torrents on the web and we work hard to keep it that way.

    Secondly, please only upload FREE/Opensource Linux torrents here. If you upload a distro or version that is a pay version, it will be deleted (the user will not be banned though).

    We'd like to ask your support either by seeding, uploading, visiting and supporting our sponsors or by donating to the site. This site stays running through the kindness of our members and without you we wouldn't be able to keep the lights on.

    We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year as we wind down 2013 and start up 2014.

    oldtimer.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 12/11/2013 19:35
    Title: On to November!

    As it goes, my beard is coming in nicely for the winter months and for November and we're finally comfortable in saying that we've gotten the issues with the server fixed and squared away.

    Once again the server is back to responding the way it needs to.

    If you haven't yet, visit us at https://www.google.com/+LinuxtrackerOrg and make sure you add us to your circles.

    Make sure to help support the site via donating to help us keep the lights on or by uploading and seeding your favorite linux torrents. smile1.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 30/10/2013 13:18
    Title: Find Us On Google+

    Earlier today (sometime over night?) the server began having problems. An issue with one of the drives in our array caused the system to mount in RO mode (read only) which prevented data from being written to the drive.

    We contacted our host this morning and they were able to diagnose and replace the bad drive and we believe the issue is fixed. If you notice any issues with the site, please let us know.


    Now, thanks to Google+ its even easier to find us on the growing site... all you have to do it go to https://www.google.com/+LinuxtrackerOrg and you can interact with us all day long.

    Isn't that nifty?

    On another note, we're winding down 2013 and we want to know what your favorite distributions of 2013 were/are so drop us a note in the forums.

    Thanks!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 14/08/2013 13:39
    Title: Back to School!

    Well, the kids are back to school here in Atlanta and the year is more than half over. We've had a good summer here in the Linuxtracker world with the addition of several new distributions to the download list. If you haven't had the chance to check them out, please do.

    Please remember that cracks/warez and other software that does not fall in to the OpenSource/Linux domain is unwelcome here and will be deleted. The user who uploaded will be banned and have their IP address banned as well. angry.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 10/07/2013 18:49
    Title: Uploading Files and Cleaning the DB

    First off we want to wish everyone a good summer (or winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere) and we hope everyone is enjoying their vacations.

    Secondly, we sent out an email a while ago about pruning the database. We want to remind everyone that ALL you have to do to prevent your account from being pruned is log in ONCE a year... thats it. Once every 365 days, just log in to the site and your account is safe.

    For uploading, a couple of reminders, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use official torrents for distributions if they are available from the distribution's download site. Often times these torrents are well seeded from their end and can server a larger number of people faster. If you check the download site and there are no torrents, then make a torrent file with the linuxtracker announce and upload.

    Secondly, when uploading, please remember to include a valid description (feel free to post the release announcement). One word descriptions or descriptions in foreign (IE: NOT ENGLISH) languages will not be approved. Also, do not copy the entry from DistroWatch word for word. confused.gif

    Lastly, PLEASE include at least ONE screenshot from the distribution when you upload. There are several reasons for this, one it looks nice, its a good preview, it makes kittens happy and so on. Its not hard to visit the distribution's site and grab a screenshot from their galleries (show me a distribution where you cannot find at least one screenshot and I'll show you a dead distro...)
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 20/06/2013 19:32
    Title: Updates to the Site...

    If you haven't noticed, we've made some changes this week to the location of some of the things on the site as well as the way some of the things function.

    First, we're pleased to announce that the RSS Feed is finally working properly for things such as rtorrent or utorrent and downloads are now properly attached to your PID. This means you can download the torrent directly from the rss feed in utorrent or another torrent client and it will count towards your ratio. There is a small bug we are working on due to the number of categories, but you can pick your favorite ones for now.

    Another change is to the donation system itself. The donation system is finally functioning automatically, VIP updates are being handled correctly and you can now select your own amount to donate.

    We've also changed the location of the link to your UserCP and Mailbox to the main menu on the left, which frees up some space in the tool bar at the top which we have plans for...

    In addition, we have teamed up with PulsedMedia to offer some amazing seedboxes at some amazing prices. If you're looking for a way to download faster, support the site and seed longer, consider checking them out and getting a seed box. If you need help once you have a seedbox, let us know in the forums.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 24/05/2013 14:58
    Title: Post your comments directly to Google+

    What?? Thats right, we've added the ability to post your comments directly to google+ from the torrent details pages. So now, if you comment on a torrent here it posts to your G+ Profile making you look like the knowledgeable guru that you are. In addition, if a torrent is posted to G+ (by clicking the +1 link) it shows in the comments as well. Best of all is that you do not have to be logged in to linuxtracker.org to take advantage of this unique feature! ohmy.gif

    Also, we're partnering with several new sponsors, the first of whom is PulsedMedia who specialize in hosting torrent seedboxes. So if you need to host a large number of torrents or you want to support the community by seeding for a while, check them out. We're still working on the personalized rss feeds for downloads, but those will be available shortly.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 09/05/2013 12:42
    Title: Update on Linuxtracker.org

    We wanted to update the Linuxtracker community on what has happened over the past couple of days.

    It began on Monday when we were attempting a dist-upgrade on our server. Things were going fine until we needed to reboot. The server would not come back on line. After contacting our host, it was determined that the server was End of Life (eol) and that they wanted to replace it. Seeing as how it was going on 4 years old, I suppose it was time. So we are now on a new server with better specs, more ram and a fatter pipe. If you haven't noticed, the site is currently screaming along.

    We are back up and running on both the site and the tracker and everything should be functioning properly, if it is not, please email us at admin@linuxtracker.org or post in the forums.

    We are in the process of evaluating other hosting options as well as a change to a new backend for the site (away from php) but that will take time to develop.

    We would love for you to stop by the site and see how things are running. We're looking for more ways to improve the site (should we offer Android Rom downloads??) and more.

    We had some interest in whether or not LT would/could accept bitcoins. We have an address: 162F9w8ixesFjkoHeafNZf6dGGSbsSznV1 you can use to send us coins if you would like to donate to the site that way.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 02/05/2013 15:48
    Title: Now accepting BitCoins

    We had some interest in whether or not LT would/could accept bitcoins. We have an address: 162F9w8ixesFjkoHeafNZf6dGGSbsSznV1 you can use to send us coins if you would like to donate to the site that way.

    We are currently in the process of exploring how to add the ability to donate via BTCoin via the site (like with paypal).

    We are also exploring other options for running the site (not hosting but the tracker and site software) and are looking at a number of PHP options as well as an option or two coded in dJango. If anyone has any experience coding in python and django please feel free to contact us! cool2.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 19/03/2013 15:10
    Title: Wait times are coming...

    I hate to break it to everyone, but wait times are coming to LT....

    The linuxtracker.org server costs around $80 a month to maintain. Some months we're able to cover that from the ads (mostly google ads alone) and some months (like January) we're not. That puts us in a bind when it comes to hosting (the host wants to get paid or they cut the server off, we need the server on to run the ads to pay the host... you can see the cycle confused.gif )

    So, we're looking to other avenues. Currently, anyone can visit the site and download whatever they want as soon as its uploaded. Guests, Members, the Pope, there's currently no wait time for downloading. Well, that will be changing shortly.

    Moving on from April 1st, Guests will have a 48 hour waiting time before they are able to download new torrents, regular members will have 24 hours worth of waiting time before they can (see it already pays to be a member).

    Of course, there are ways around this... if you donate $10 a year, you'll be elevated to VIP status for two months (for ad free browsing) and then Super User for the other 10 which will do away with the wait times. In addition, you could upload and have a ratio that entitles you to Super User status by sheer awesomeness. Either way you and linuxtracker.org win.

    Those that donate before April 1st will receive VIP status for the whole year. ohmy.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 04/03/2013 18:36
    Title: And we March on...

    So here we go on to March. Linuxtracker's anniversary passed quietly in February (February 5th) and we are going on 9 years worth of tracking Linux torrents. We have no plans to stop any time soon.

    On another note, the ads that help pay for the servers were taken offline earlier on February when the service that we were using to host the ads was hacked. Needless to say, they took the program down and did not tell anyone about it until I did a little googling....

    We're working on getting those back in place (as we'd like to be able to pay our hosting bills) in the meantime, help the site out by uploading or seeding torrents, supporting our sponsors or donating to the site.

    Thanks! cool1.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 05/02/2013 19:36
    Title: Two months in...

    Two months in and we're heading ahead at full steam... Just wanted to check in and let you know that we are working behind the scenes to make sure that the site stays available to everyone.

    We're also working to make improvements to the site and server that should benefit everyone.

    Thanks for tracking!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 20/12/2012 16:27
    Title: Empty spaces on the site...

    By now you've noticed the empty spaces on the site where the ads served up by Google Adsense usually are. Well, there's a good reason for that or I should say a Bad reason for that.

    Recently, a torrent file was uploaded that was titled with Adult themes and content. Google takes this very seriously (as do we here at linuxtracker) and while we removed the torrents we were hit by their scanners and the ads have been suspended.

    Some of you are cheering for joy at that, however, the google ads paid the bulk of our hosting bills monthly and while we do have other ads on the site, none of them come close to Google Ads.

    We are working on having the adsense reinstated and in the mean time, those places will stay empty.

    Please note that we take uploading Copy Righted or Adult content to the site VERY SERIOUSLY and will remove the content and ban the user (Username, email address and IP address) from the website. In addition, a flock of penguins will be sent to your house to beat you with herring.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 13/11/2012 15:34
    Title: Category Clean up and Better +1 button..

    That's right. This week we've made improvements to the Google+ 1 button thats on EVERY torrent. Now, when you +1 a torrent and share it with your Google+ feed, it pulls the screenshot if available and the description of the torrent so you don't have to do any work other than hit the submit button. So what are you waiting for, start +1ing your favorite torrents.

    Also, we're in the process of cleaning up the Torrent Categories (distributions) adding updated Distros, category images and links to the home pages and forums for each distribution. That information will appear on the torrent details page. If you know of a distribution that we do not have listed, please post it in the forum Torrent Category Suggestions w00t.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 11/11/2012 18:28
    Title: IP change and slowness the past week

    If you tried to visit Linuxtracker earlier this week, the site was at a dead crawl. The problem appeared to have been a flood of incoming connections to the torrent port 2710. You can see this in the spike of incoming traffic on the bandwidth graph below.

    this was causing connections to the server to stall or die in many cases as the tcp connection limit was reached. IN addition, it was flooding the MySQL db with calls and causing the announce_log table to fill to over 5gb in a matter of minutes. All of this placed strain on the server.

    We attempted to block these calls via IPTables and null routing (which seems to work better than IPTables) and for a while that got the server stable. After some research, it appears the IP address was under attack, so we changed the server's IP address.

    Sorry for the problems this caused, however you'll notice that 48 hours later, the traffic has dropped back to normal and the server is responsive again. (Unless your JohnCoom...)

    if you notice any problems, please let me know. We will be monitoring the server and anyone with more than 50 connections to port 2710 will be null routed (route add -host IPADDRESS reject)

    You should not be seeding/leeching more than 10 torrents at any one time.

    Thanks,

    Mcangeli
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    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 06/11/2012 15:06
    Title: Election Day

    Well, its the day that has been building in the US for at least the past two years. We're not going to tell you who to vote for (as we can't agree on that ourselves) but we do want to make sure that if you're in the States you get out and exercise your right to vote. Otherwise, you don't have a right to complain.

    On the other hand, we also want to let you know about a pretty good deal... right now you can get Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.10 a 143 page guide that covers the basics of Ubuntu 12.10 (such as installation and working with the desktop) as well as guide you through some of the most popular applications FOR FREE.

    This is a great guide to give someone who's just getting started with Ubuntu or even the seasoned pro who wants to know more about the latest ubuntu release. Oh, and did we say it was FREE?? cool1.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 25/10/2012 19:24
    Title: Life, the universe and everything...

    So if you haven't noticed, the site seems to be running better than it has in a while. Last week, we switched from Apache2 to lighttpd and the responsiveness of the site has improved greatly! There are still a few minor bugs we're working out, but otherwise, we're pretty happy with the site and some of the improvements that have been made.

    If you haven't had the chance to stop by the Forums yet and say hello, please do.

    Also, please consider supporting the site by purchasing some Linuxtracker Swag (see the box on the right), visiting one of our sponsors, uploading a torrent, telling your friends about us, *donating* to help us pay our bills or just continue to seed your torrents after you download.

    Thanks! smile1.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 16/10/2012 00:10
    Title: Upgrades, updates and falling leaves...

    Well, its fall here in the northern hemisphere and after the excitement of last week, we're ready for a break.

    We've updated the site and added a ton of new features and we're still working on more. Today, we updated the server to Debian Squeeze and it is running faster than ever before (tell me you don't notice a difference!).

    In addition, the ability to add screenshots is back and we'd like it if you can upload at least one screenshot with each torrent.

    We're looking to expand our moderator and uploader ranks, so if you think you have what it takes to join us in making Linuxtracker a better place, leave us a note in the forums. We're looking for more people.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 09/10/2012 21:37
    Title: Changes to the site.

    If you have been to Linuxtracker.org any time in the past several months you'd have noticed that there were things that weren't always quite right with the site. Lately, those things have been getting bigger and bigger... to the point that we wanted to fix them with more than chewing gum and duct tape.

    So, the overhaul has begun. You'd notice that the site does not look like it used to at the moment. We're working on that. But the tracker is still available and you can still upload torrents to your hearts content. We've added some important features to the site and we're working on adding more. Once we have things working the way we want (such as recommended torrents and highest rated torrents) we'll begin working on the look of the site.

    With the look of the site, not much is planned on changing, thats for sure. Please stop in and let us know what you'd like to see on the site.

    In addition, torrents older than a week will still track, however THE FILES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT THIS TIME.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 08/10/2012 15:08
    Title: Downloads not working...

    You may notice that downloads for older torrent files are not working. The server was hacked last week through a different site that is hosted here. Who/what ever hacked the server removed files from random locations. Anything uploaded Prior to the weekend had the torrent files removed.

    I'm trying to see if I can locate them in a back up however, I do not think that will be possible (as I am not sure I was backing up the torrent files due to the number of files...)

    The offending code has been removed and the server has been tightened down yet again.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 03/10/2012 21:33
    Title: Changes to the site...

    If you haven't noticed it yet, take a look around Linuxtracker and you'll notice some small changes being made here and there. The changes are mostly to the look and feel of the site and shouldn't affect how the site operates.

    There may be brief periods of disruption where the website is unavailable, however, the tracker will remain online and running the whole time.

    We are also going to make some functional changes to the site to see if we can improve the user experiences here. If there is something you'd like to see, please let us know.

    Thanks,

    mcangeli
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 25/09/2012 18:37
    Title: Change in Verification Method...

    We're going to try something new with the account verification process, we're going to put the process back in to your hands. Instead of replying to an email to let the admins know that you do exist, all you have to do is click a link to verify now. Check and make sure that mail from linuxtracker.org is not ending up in your spam filter.

    If we experience an influx of spammy torrents again, we'll relook at some alternative methods.

    We also want to thank everyone who supports the site (by uploading, downloading, seeding, visiting sponsors and donating...) and to remind people that you can view the site AD FREE for as little as $5 a month. The ads and your donations help pay for hosting and registration fees....
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 31/08/2012 16:04
    Title: Account verification...

    In an effort to curb the amount of spammy torrents that are uploaded to the site (if you see an admin or a mod, give them a high five for the hard work they've done keeping the site spam free) we've currently set the site to verify all new accounts. Accounts that are setup and not verified by email within 24 hours will be deleted.

    Thanks,

    Mcangeli
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 10/08/2012 19:31
    Title: Recent Downtime....

    We want to say a big sorry to everyone who tried to visit the site this past week may have been served up a big ole helping of page unavailable. We've been working all week with our DNS Registrar to resolve an issue that had come up earlier in the week and its been a struggle, however we've got things working again and here we are.

    So lets get busy and download some Linux. cool2.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 03/08/2012 16:25
    Title: Just a reminder....

    This is a friendly reminder, anyone uploading WAREZ, Hacks, KeyGens, or software that is NOT directly related to linux and or open source software will have their torrents deleted, their account deleted and their IP address and Email addresses banned.

    Here at linuxtracker.org we strive to provide the best resource for downloading Linux torrents. We do this by maintaining a higher quality of downloads available for our members and guests.

    If you want to upload crap, do it somewhere else. angry.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 10/07/2012 18:46
    Title: Wow!

    Can you believe its already the All Star break? Summer is more than half over here in the states and we're still going strong. As things heat up we're ready to offer a hot deal on some cool distributions (as in FREE!) and we're still one of the best places to download Linux.

    We want to let our members know that one of our partners has teamed up with us to give a Complimentary White Paper on how The IBM PureFlex System - a completely integrated hardware and software solution - optimized with Red Hat Enterprise Linux can improve business responsiveness, making it easier to take advantage of the power of open standards while driving efficiency with integrated management.

    You can get this white paper by clicking HERE. So what are you waiting for?
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 12/06/2012 20:28
    Title: Keep uploading those torrents!

    Thats right! Here we are almost half way through June and we want you to keep uploading those Linux Torrents and spread the word of Open Source. One of the best things about Linuxtracker is the community we have that shares the love of Opensource Software.

    The best way to support the site (besides visiting our sponsors) is to keep seeding what you've downloaded until you have a 1 to 1 ratio. It not only helps keep the torrents alive, but it helps get more of the distributions you love out there as well.

    Thanks and keep tracking!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 15/05/2012 16:01
    Title: Moving on through May!

    Wow, we're already half way through May! Where has 2012 gone? Schools out (or getting close), summer is here in a lot of places (unless you're in the Southern Hemisphere, then its getting cooler?) and Linuxtracker is keeping on.

    We wanted to offer you a pretty cool deal... a free eBook on IT Operations Management that normally sells for $11.95 This includes some good reading on Dashboard, IT Management and more and its yours FREE!!

    Thanks to everyone whos posted torrents on the site and remember to support Linuxtracker anyway you can! smile1.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 16/02/2012 16:26
    Title: Your help is needed!

    That's right your help is needed! Linuxtracker provides a great service at an amazing price (you can't beat some of the fastest downloads on the net for the price of ZERO can you?) but it isn't easy. Recent issues with the server have caused us to beef up the hardware a little bit and that comes at a little bit of a price.

    Yes, we generally make some money on the advertising on the site, however, it usually isn't enough to cover the cost of hosting, improvements and advertising. So we're reaching out.

    If you notice the Support Us box on the left side of the screen, you'll notice a monthly goal as well as the total amount of donations received so far in the month. sad.gif Like many others, Linuxtracker exists through your donations (monetary, data sharing and uploads).

    If every user of the site donated $2, the hosting and registration costs would be covered for a year. If you can donate, please consider it, if not continue to support the site by promoting it to your friends and colleagues. Upload torrents and seed your favorite distributions.

    Members donating over $5 will receive VIP member status and will be able to view the site Ad Free.

    Thanks and keep tracking!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 13/02/2012 19:03
    Title: Congratulations to pablingas!

    Thats right! pablingas joins the ranks of the famous as our second winner this month!!

    Remember to log in to Linuxtracker.org in the month of February to be entered in to the weekly drawings!

    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 06/02/2012 16:43
    Title: Congratulations to rohansftw!

    This morning using a very scientific and highly secret method (ok, we did a query of the database to see who had logged in since February 1st, then used random.org to pick a number and the person who was in that spot won!) and the first lucky winner of the Birthday Month is rohansftw!

    Rohansftw has won a sticker prize pack with some pretty cool stickers in it.

    If you want to be one of the lucky winners all you have to do is visit the site during the month of February. So what are you waiting for?
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 21/01/2012 00:51
    Title: Coming in the Month of February!

    February we celebrate 7 (SEVEN!) years of tracking Tux! We've changed over the years but one thing hasn't our dedication to being one of the best sources of Linux Distributions online.

    For the month of February, we going to be having some drawings and sending out some prizes to those REGISTERED members who visit the site during the month. You must be logged in on the site to be eligible to win at least once during the month of February. The more times you visit the site, the more likely you are to win!

    We'd like to thank everyone who has helped make Linuxtracker the site that it is, without our members, uploaders, downloaders, mods, admins and guests, we wouldn't be here.

    Please remember to help our sponsors out (by visiting them) and if you can please help by uploading or making a contribution to the site. We exist through hard work and donations.

    Thanks and the staff here at Linuxtracker wishes you a very prosperous 2012!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 02/12/2011 06:44
    Title: On to December!!

    WOW! The year is winding down faster than anything isn't it? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating our birthday in February and here we are now getting ready for the year to wind down.

    We hope that 2011 has been as good for you as it has for LinuxTracker. We've had several challenges over the year that we've met and we're stronger than ever before.

    Which is why we'd like to off our members and visitors The GNU/Linux Advanced Administration 500+ page eBook absolutely FREE. Thats right, now you  will learn how to install and configure several computer services, and how to optimize and synchronize the resources using GNU/Linux.

    The topics covered in this 500+ page eBook include Linux network, server and data administration, Linux kernel, security, clustering, configuration, tuning, optimization, migration and coexistence with non-Linux systems. A must read for any serious Linux system admin.

    So get your FREE eBook today!

    And we hope you have a happy holiday no matter what you celebrate!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 10/11/2011 19:42
    Title: Linuxtracker.org is on Google+

    With the addition of Pages to Google+, we felt it was time to add it to our list of places we are... so, Linuxtracker.org is officially on Google+. You can find us: HERE.

    There isn't much there yet, but as the API to post to the page becomes available, expect to see more posted there....
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 17/10/2011 19:52
    Title: 45 Days until Christmas!

    WOW! Can you believe the year is less than 52 days away from being over already??

    As a token of our appreciation for our members, guests and sharers alike, we wanted to let you know we've partnered with Netline to give you another amazing book for free.

    Managing Linux® Systems with Webmin™ System Administration and Module Development is a FREE 808 page ebook that will walk you through managing linux systems with the popular webmin tool available with almost all the distributions.

    Coverage includes:
    *How Webmin works--and how to install and secure it
    *Using Webmin to configure basic system services, including file systems, users/groups, and printing
    *Configuring Apache, Sendmail, Squid, Samba, MySQL, PostgreSQL, FTP services, and more
    *Cluster modules: configuring multiple systems from one master server
    *Webmin modules: configuring Webmin itself
    *Full API documentation and instructions for writing your own Webmin modules and themes


    What are you waiting for, take advantage of this awesome deal today.

    Also, please considering donating (time, money, bandwidth) to help ensure Linuxtracker's continued success!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 08/09/2011 00:11
    Title: New life out of an old Computer...

    We wanted to make our members aware of a special offer we have available through one of our sponsors.

    You can get Old Computer, New Life: Restoring Old Hardware With Ubuntu ABSOLUTELY FREE (as in BEER)simply by following the link.

    Marketing departments want us to believe that PCs, laptops and netbooks become obsolete after a couple of years, but it's not true.

    The computer industry has evolved over the years more rapidly than any industry in contemporary history. Year after year engineers have worked valiantly to bring us, the end users, faster and more capable hardware without sacrificing reliability. Programmers and application developers have been equally quick to develop new software that puts to use the new hardware specifications. However, while striving to sell more and more products, marketing departments want us to believe that PCs, laptops and netbooks become obsolete after a couple of years, and not replacing them makes us luddites.

    It's not true. Except for high-end gaming, a mid-level system bought in 2006 will provide enough functionality to get work done and have fun in 2011. Word processing, Internet surfing, watching movies shouldn't make your old system think twice, granted it is configured correctly, up-to-date and has an operating system that's efficient and performance oriented.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 31/08/2011 23:30
    Title: Google Plus FTW

    We made some changes to the site today that fall in line with the new +1 button thats on the torrent description pages. Now, you should start to see who in your circles (and beyond?) has +1'd a torrent next to the button.

    In addition, you can now share the torrents directly to Google+ via the +1 button to help get them out to a broader spectrum of people (so we're now posting to twitter, facebook and can post to Google+!)

    If you haven't yet joined Google+, now you can simply by using this (https://plus.google.com/i/s-Ke9U7PBS4:58bmXyjI6sM) link.

    Make sure you +1 things on the site that you like!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 10/08/2011 01:11
    Title: Uploading to the site

    If you checked your email yesterday, you should have received an email from the staff here at linuxtracker.org.

    Recently we've seen an increase in the number of unwanted torrents being uploaded to the site. An unwanted torrent is anything that is not Linux related. That means Movies, music and games are not wanted torrents and will be deleted immediately.

    In addition, members uploading these items will have their account placed in guest status (unable to upload anything) and their IP address will be banned from the site.

    We here at Linuxtracker.org take this very seriously and its one of the main reasons that we're the leader in Linux Torrents.

    On a nicer note, we have around 150 Google Plus invites to give out, so if you're still not on Google+, leave us a note in the forums and we'll send an invite you way.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 21/07/2011 01:16
    Title: Plus 1

    If you've visited the details pages recently, you've noticed the addition of the Google +1 Button besides the torrent name. Its there for a reason. If you click the +1 while logged in to your google account, good things happen. Double Rainbows, unicorns and puppies all come together in the name of Linuxtracker.

    Well, ok, maybe not all that, but by clicking the +1 button, you help push the page higher in search results. The more +1s, the higher in results it climbs.

    This is a good thing if you want your page to be higher in the search.

    On another note, if you're one of the last people on earth who has not received an invite to Google+ yet, let us know, we'll spread the love.
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 05/07/2011 22:40
    Title: Appropriate Uploads

    Recently a distribution was uploaded with a title that was deemed not appropriate for the site by the Mods and Admins. In addition, the site for this distribution was blocked by a good number of filters (including OpenDNS) as being a hate site. The torrent has been removed.

    In general it is not our policy to remove torrents unless they do not fall in to a linux distribution or open source software category. A member of the site brought this one to our attention and after some time discussing it among the moderators and admins, it was decided to remove the torrent as it was infact linked to a site the rest of the net has labeled as hateful.

    Torrent uploads that promote hate will be removed without cause. The purpose of Linuxtracker is to promote the spread of linux, not hate.

    If you do not agree with this decision, please let us know in the forums.

    Mark
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 24/05/2011 20:52
    Title: Please Join us on IRC

    If you've seen the news post the past couple of days, you know that We got a channel up and running on freenode (anthony.freenode.net)
    or choose a server from here (http://freenode.net/irc_servers.shtml)

    After you chosen the server come join us @ #linuxtracker

    But did you know you can also access the IRC chat from your browser?? If you click the link to the IRC Chat, instead of it going nowhere, it now brings up a java client that connects you directly to the room. Imagine that!

    Please remember to support the site via uploading, supporting our sponsors or contributing to the site directly. It takes time and energy to keep a site like this running and we could not do it with out you!

    Thanks! smile2.gif
    Posted by: friTTe
    Date posted: 14/05/2011 01:23
    Title: Join us @ Irc

    We got a channel up and running on freenode (anthony.freenode.net)
    or choose a server from here (http://freenode.net/irc_servers.shtml)

    After you chosen the server come join us @ #linuxtracker smile1.gif
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 09/03/2011 09:01
    Title: Slowly But Surely...

    Slowly but surely, the phoenix is rising from the ashes.

    If you visted the site earlier in the week (or the end of last week) you wouldn't have recognized it. Now we're making strides to get the site back and running in a familiar way while making sure that the code we have is the best.

    If you see something that needs fixing, please let us know in the forums so we can fix it.


    Thanks!
    Posted by: mcangeli
    Date posted: 04/03/2011 03:19
    Title: Errr... What happened??

    PLEASE UPLOAD TORRENTS! The categories have been created, and the tracker is tracking despite what it looks like!

    The tracker is currently tracking OLD torrents so anything you had downloaded prior to 2/28/2011 should be ok still... also, the email validation error on registration has been resolved. PLEASE REGISTER!


    If you were around over the weekend you might have noticed that there were problems galore with the site.

    The truth is that for a while we've had some issues with the site, the code was out of date, the server was slow and sluggish and constantly under attack. In fact, not a week went by that we didn't discover one thing or another that was harming the site.

    We'll we're in the process of moving the site. The database was large, unmanageable and full of users that haven't been active on the site in ages. Not to mention torrents that haven't been touched in ages as well.

    If you hit this site now you're going to notice that there is very little here. Well, simply put, thats because the admin of the site is an id10t. sleep.gif

    While working in three different remote sessions today across two servers, the mysql tables that held all the information for the old site were removed. We're in the process of scouring the drive to see if the data is there but in the mean time we're going to start clean.

    IF you're new to the site, you're not missing much. If you're not new to the site, here's your chance to start with a clean slate! The tracker is up and running. None of the old categories are there at the moment, but we'll be taking care of that shortly... smile1.gif

    In the meantime, welcome to linuxtracker, its going to be a work in progress for a while as we reinstall the hacks we were using and we add back some of the old look and feel of the site.


    Thanks,

    Mark