Free Pascal servers
This page documents some noteworthy things about servers Free Pascal has used in the past.
The Free Pascal project, then called FPK Pascal, did not have its own server hardware during the first years of development. Development was done by members on their own computers without any source code management system. Klaus Hartnegg of the university of Freiburg maintained a website for the project, from which the compiler could also be downloaded during the first years. At around 1996, a mailing lists was set up by Balasz Scheidler, and was run from a server in Hungary.
Tflily was first server the Free Pascal project used and was initially set up to be used as CVS server. It was owned by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and had several other tasks besides being used for Free Pascal development. The server was administered by Michael van Canneyt and therefore the first server under control of the Free Pascal team. Tflily was put to use around the year 1998.
Originally, Tflily was a 80486 machine. In was later upgraded into a Pentium II machine.
Shortly after, Klaus Hartnegg could no longer offer ftp space, the ftp site was moved to Tflily as well, about the same time FPK Pascal was renamed Free Pascal. Free Pascal got a new website and it was hosted at another KU-Leuven server, Tfdec1.
Deadlock was a project by students of the Technische Universiteit Delft to have an own server connected to internet. It was commisioned in December 1998. Deadlock was an AMD K6 and had 128 MB, which was later expanded to 256 MB. One of these was Free Pascal developer Daniël Mantione, so, shortly after, a mirror of the Free Pascal ftp site was placed on Deadlock.
In October 1999, the main ftp site was moved to Deadlock. The mailinglists were transfered as well. In september 2000 the Free Pascal community site was created on Deadlock. Deadlock experience a great growth of the Free Pascal project and sent multiple terabytes each year into the internet. Deadlock was decommissioned in September 2005.
Idefix was a DEC Alpha machine bought by Free Pascal developer Michael van Canneyt to facilitate porting Free Pascal to the DEC Alpha. When Tflily was decommissioned, Idefix took over its CVS server task in October 1999, while also starting to serve the www.freepascal.org domain. Idefix was turned into a normal PC a few years later, and is still being used as SVN and web server. The current Idefix is a Pentium 4 at 2GHz and has 768 MB of RAM.
Berlin was a root server hired by Free Pascal developer Florian Klämpfl. It was to take over all functions of Deadlock, and also served the Lazarus wiki. Berlin was and AMD Athlon 2400+ and had 512 MB ram. It was commissioned in spring 2005 and decommissioned in June 2006.
Scenergy is a server run by Free Pascal contributor Karoly Balough. It took over all tasks from Berlin in June 2006. It is currently the main ftp server, runs the Lazarus wiki, the Free Pascal community site, and the Free Pascal mailinglists. Scenergy is an AMD Athlon 64 2800+ and has 1280MB of RAM.