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Subject: Cyberia Services Update: 2020-04
From: j3s
Date: 01/05/2020

Ohai,

A lot has happened in services-land this month, and I'm
hoping to pack as much of it as I can into this email. I
will try to be brief, as there is a lot to cover. I'll
also probably miss some stuff, woops!


Capsul
======

We added many new subscribers and many new features to
Capsul this month, both technical and financial.

* OpenBSD 6.6 support
  Hello puffy! We now fully support OpenBSD 6.6 as an
operating system choice on Capsul, and will support
future releases of OpenBSD as well.

* Streamlined BTC/XMR payments
  Pay with bitcoin or monero? There is now a simple
payment processor you may use to make donations or pay
for Capsuls. See https://cyberia.club/donate for details.

* Guix System 1.1.0 support
  Guix System support is very near completion! There is one
bug left to squash before it's available as a fully
supported option! :D

* IPv6-only support
  Soon, you will be able to purchase IPv6-only Capsuls at
a $2 per month discount from IPv4 prices.

* Cheaper base prices
  Pricing will very soon be heavily revised, and all
Capsuls will be cheaper. Existing customers will be
refunded the difference between the price they paid and
the new Capsul price.

* À la carte disk size selection
  - All instances will start with a fully backed-up 10GB
root volume.
  - We will be capable of taking variable disk size
requests at 0.2c per GB per month! You are no longer
stuck with the disk size your instance came with.
  - These additional disks are not covered by our backup
schedule, otherwise we'd run out of disk space almost
instantly :D we may offer a paid backup system for these
additional disks in the future.

A huge thank you to our early Capsul users, I hope that
everything has been running smoothly for you.

Nullhex
=======

I have not focused on Nullhex much throughout April, but
I do have some exciting ideas to share. Hit me up if
you're interested.

* Reputation
  Nullhex emails are no longer marked as spam by
Protonmail or Gmail, our domain reputation has grown
substantially.


Matrix
======

Matrix has cemented itself as the center of our
communication platform. If you aren't there already, feel
free to register at https://matrix.cyberia.club and join
the conversation.

If you don't like Matrix for some other reason, email me
directly and we can figure out a way to bridge you into
our conversations.

* Backend updated
  The backend has been updated & now supports cross-signing.
* Bridging
  We are considering bridging specific Matrix rooms with
specific Discord rooms; more to come on this front.


Riot
====

* End to end encryption by default
  Riot-web is receiving an update **next week**(tm) that
enables end to end encryption and cross-signing by
default for all private conversations. Please prepare
thyselves! More deets:
https://lists.cyberia.club/~cyberia/ops/%3C126414c4-80bc-1

* New preferences
  There are two new potentially userful riot-web
preferences, in case you may have missed them:
  - sort rooms alphabetically
  - auto-syntax-highlight-detection


Forge
=====

Forge is our development and project tool. It is intended
to be used by anyone in the Cyberia community to host
their projects, and Cyberia will eventually use it
exclusively to host our group projects.

Forge is approaching the end of the alpha phase. There is
still a bit of rockiness, but we've mostly settled on it
as a full-fledged service, supported by Cyberia Services.

Forge handles the following (for now):

* git repositories
* mailing lists
* ticket trackers
* git-driven wiki pages
* paste service

Forge may handle the following in the future, if we have
need for it:

* builds
* continuous integration
* mercurial repositories

Registration is now open to the public, sign up today!
https://forge.cyberia.club


Mailing Lists
=============

There are now three important mailing lists that people
might consider subscribing to:

announce@cyberia.club = general announcements like this
ops@cyberia.club = services branch discussion
operational stuff = etc@cyberia.club - everything else

See them and read about them on the Forge:
https://lists.cyberia.club/


If you have questions or comments about this announcement
letter, feel free to email ops@cyberia.club and ask us
about it :)


Misc
====

* Prometheus awareness
  We monitor our systems with Prometheus - like
everything else Cyberia does, we operate it publically.
Check it out at https://prometheus.cyberia.club

* Grafana awareness
  We recently set up Grafana, and fack has been hacking
on some dashboards. It's available at
https://grafana.cyberia.club for public consumption. If
you'd like a read-write account, email me and I'll set
one up for you.

* misc@c3f.net deprecated
  The misc@c3f.net list has been moved to the
etc@cyberia.club list. I moved all previous misc@c3f.net
subscribers to the new list, no action is required.

* Infra Hackathon
  There are thoughts about hosting a huge infra hackathon
to move our systems from Debian to Alpine, with a giant
laundry list of crap to do. We will be targeting a full
weekend in the future. Just a heads up.

* Operations Handbook
  We have decided that a monorepo for all of our
operational-related things is appropriate. See the
handbook here:
https://git.cyberia.club/services/ops-handbook/about


A final note: our services would be useless without the
community that makes use of them. Thanks for all of your
valuable feedback and discussion. You're all wonderful.
Let's open the next world together.

Your lovely head of services,


j3s


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