I am taking some vacation time to do a bit of renovation work on the server.
The big change you will see is that the index page URLs now mirror the directory structure; they no longer have “X” or “.html”. So you can visit
(The old-style X URLs will still work, because URLs shouldn’t break.)
I’ve also added sha512 checksums to the Master-Index.xml file. I doubt this matters to anybody – I don’t think the md5 checksums were being used for anything – but md5 is old and broken, so the Ghost of Crypto-Nerds Past says “use something newer.”
(Really sha512 is also old and slightly broken. Maybe next Christmas I’ll install the latest Python and stick sha3 in there.)
The next big change will be that, sometime this week, I will put the site under the Cloudflare CDN service. This should handle load way more smoothly, and with way more bandwidth, than the volunteer mirrors which have existed for the past many years.
Volunteer mirror maintainers: thank you! You may continue to host your mirrors and rsync the IF Archive if you want to; but after Cloudflare goes up, your servers won’t be a critical resource. ifarchive.org/.
Cloudflare costs some money (at the level we intend to use it). This is cool because we have a nonprofit with money in the bank. Want to support the IF Archive? Your donation is appreciated: iftechfoundation.org/give/