[Icecast] dir.xiph.org only listing Ogg streams

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Sun Jun 18 11:06:25 PDT 2006


Everyone,

I have modified the yp cgi script on dir.xiph.org to reject non-ogg 
streams. As the site has grown in popularity, it hasn't scaled well,
and maintaining the database was eating most of the resources on the 
server. We did some minor tuning a few months ago which helped, but
the load has continuted to grow and was affecting other more essential
services.

Given Xiph.org's mission to promote free multimedia, I don't think it's
appropriate for us to devote resources to the advertisement of 
patent-encumbered streams to the detriment of our other services. Thus 
the listing policy change.

If you'd like to see it put back, we'll consider if the yp mechanism is 
rewritten to reduce the load it incurs. Another idea is to sell ads as a 
fundraiser, but I'm skeptical whether the current level of traffic would 
pay for a separate server.

Let me know if there are any problems,
 -r


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