Well, it seems the word is out now that Stormix has filed under for bankruptcy protection in Vancouver under Canadian law. They call the document "Notice of Intention to make a Proposal", and it basically lists everyone who is owed money, and the amount they are owed. It gives the filer 30 days of protection from creditors to come up with a plan for payment or secure enough money to pay them.
There's a rather ominous entry on January 15th that sort of hints at something, and is when things started happening. Things are not over yet, however, and people may yet see Stormix continue to exist.
Oh, and yes, the real reason that ftp.stormix.com (AKA ftp.ca.debian.org) is down is the cost of bandwidth to keep it running. It's not a cheap investment to give back to the community, and just can't be afforded during this time. I wish it had not been said that it was waiting on hardware, but by the time people were asking, someone else had already answered...
So look for some more news on this in the near future. Unlike what the newsforge article says, the ftp server hasn't been up and down, just down since it was unplugged. Anything affecting the mailing lists in early January has nothing to do with any of this, it was actually a server shuffle/upgrade of things, and the resulting DNS changes taking time to propagate.
And yes, this is my diary, not any sort of statement on behalf of Stormix, of course...
So, I've got this Indy, and a few weeks ago, there wasn't even a compiler in the Debian system I installed. Now, I have a build daemon running, and am building ~200 packages per day. It's been rather interesting building most of Debian -- you see what packages haven't been touched since the slink days, and how they don't compile anymore, a few bugs in the builder (sbuild), and lots of interesting build-depends that aren't correct. It's been quite fun, now I just have to sort out collisions with the other people working on it.
Played settlers of Catan a few days ago with wheat. It was rather fun, and now I'm looking for people who might want to play gnocatan with. I still have to get the right bit of luck for my chaotic wizard, as I just seem to keep dying....oh well. I've also been playing Armagetron, and wonder if anyone knows where some network play servers might be hiding at?