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LGP Is Partially Back Online; More Unforeseen Issues

Gaming

Published on 23 November 2010 09:14 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
12 Comments

It's been seven weeks since LGP's server disaster where their single server with a single disk with lackluster backup capabilities suffered a massive failure. The disk suffered from firmware corruption, chemical degradation, and file-system damage, among other problems, and located on this drive were LGP's web-sites, their online store, and their entire Digital Rights Management implementation for the games they ported to Linux. Fortunately, their services are starting to come back online.

The Linux Game Publishing web-site is still down, but it holds the following update:
As of Nov 23rd, we have a few more unforeseen issues in bringing all of the sites back online, but we are working through these as quickly as possible. Some sites are back online, such as penguinplay, and you can also expect happypenguin.org to be back pretty soon. The LGP keyserver is back online, for those who rented LGP games and have been unable to play the rental versions. We have extended the rental periods for anyone affected.

Most importantly to the Linux Game Publishing customers is their the key server is back online and through their game rental program they have extended the rental periods for those affected by this web tragedy.

Now to see LGP get their web-site back online and hope their unannounced titles are enough to get Linux gamers confident in LGP's abilities. It's certainly left a lot of upset users.
All I can say is W...T....F

A supposedly commercial website running off a single consumer grade HDD which stores all of there data and does not have a backup?

Jeez, even if they somehow managed to come back to life I ain't gonna touch that shitz.

Lame, just lame.

Those drives are garbage. I had one die on me too because of their crappy firmware. I also own several LGP games and cannot install any because of their downtime. I will definately consider this before buying any more games from them. Nothing personal, but i expect to be able to install and run games i buy.

'Chemical Degradation' aye?

Hope they didn't do what I think they did... Or did they really accidentally shot semen on their HDD's PCB?

I can't believe a business consolidated all their services in a single disk machine, and with a "Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB" when that disk is not designed precisely with 24/7 server usage in mind.

No Raid1? No daily backups? A single consumer disk for all services?

In enterprise IT the IT department is only as valuable as the data. If the company data is lost then the IT staff are taken outside and shot because they're worthless and bullets are cheap.

No RAID? No bare-metal restoration tests? WTF? Warez servers have better redundancy.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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