It looks like Greg Ferguson is interested in ASPSeek.
I'm only surprised nobody asked before, and of course your
speculation is pretty much spot-on. Josh holds the domain,
and there's been a bit of a falling-out. Here's what happened.
He told us awhile ago that he had been contacted by
many different people about buying the domain, and he
had met with them about it. And had signed NDAs with them,
so he couldn't tell us who they were. He said he was simply
interested in the dollar value of the domain because he is a
It made all (I think all, maybe just most) of us very
uncomfortable that this had gone on without any of
us knowing about it. We feel that any volunteer only holds
such a thing in trust for the group. At one point Joshua
said that he owned the domain, which made us even more
uncomfortable. So we asked him to transfer the domain to
iBiblio, our sponsor, a project of UNC's Library Sciences
and Computer Science departments.
He said he doesn't intend to sell it, but he refuses to
release the domain, despite the rest of the staff asking him to
do it. So we are concerned about the situation, and figure
it is better to move to a new domain now rather than have
the domain pulled out from beneath us if he decides to make
a few bucks off of it.
If nothing happens with the linuxdoc.org domain, it will
continue to work forever. I don't know where you got the 5
years from. Our other services, such as
mailing lists and cvs, are off the linuxdoc.org domain
we hope others will use www.tldp.org from now on.
The whole situation sucks rocks. Big craggy boulders, in
fact, along with the proverbially corresponding hard place.
And us in between.
I've a demo up at www.lampadas.org. It is
development code. No bug reports,
please, I probably know about it already. Comments and
suggestions are most welcome, however. Oh, and don't
expect too much yet.
Some guys from the French LDP are working on a Python
port, which I'm all for. What's online now is the Perl code
I did myself. Current work is primarily in i18n, cvs
integration, and loading of meta-data into the database from
source files that
provide it (DocBook, and LinuxDoc to a lesser degree).
It has also been suggested to use Zope, but I am not
convinced of the benefit.