Server infrastructure is periodically updated to provide clients with the latest software and provide us an opportunity to implement hardware/architecture changes. The Fourth Generation was introduced March 2007, which is beyond the target lifecycle of 24 months. I would love to hear your input on what you want on the new server family. Initial filesystem structure will be based from a mix of RHEL 5.3 and Fedora Core 10 packages with software upgrades as deemed necessary. Beneath the OS there are a few other hardware and architectural changes to improve performance and propel the phenomenal reliability to new levels.
My observations and notes only represent a small slice of deficiencies. I want your help in identifying current short-comings to be addressed in the Fifth Generation. The most successful, forward-thinking businesses are those that are driven by its clients. The Fifth Generation aims to be the most ambitious iteration yet, so let’s set the bar high and give me a challenge. Here are some brainstorming questions:
- What software versions would you like to see? Ruby 1.9 and Python 2.6 are planned.
- Any layout changes, e.g. webmail locations, behaviors, subdomains, addon domains, etc? Bear in mind these changes are more difficult to execute and possibly more disruptive.
- If you could change one thing about apis, what would it be?
- Ways to improve user experience? How can we facilitate daily operations for you? For example, is SpamAssassin inaccurate with tagging spam? How would you like spam management change on the new family?
Questions are very open-ended, because any form of feedback is invaluable at this stage. Brainstorming is a stage when tangents run amok and somewhere from that chaos [deceptively] good ideas emerge. Software version requests are posted within the wiki. Head on over to the forums and let’s hear not only what you need, but more importantly, what you want. The Fifth Generation build is set to begin in May.